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Chapter. Page. 

Introduction 7 

I. Hermetic Philosophy 15 

IL Seven Hermetic Principles 25 

in. Mental Transmutation 43 

IV. The AU 53 

y« The Mental Universe 65 

VL The Divine Paradox 77 

Vn. "The All" in All 95 

VUL Planes of Correspondence 113 

IX Vibration 137 

X, Polarity 149 

XL Bhythm 159 

XIL Causation 171 

XIII. Gender 183 

XIV. Mental Gender 193 

XV. Hermetic Axioms 212 


We take great pleasure in presenting to 
the attention of students and investigators 
of the Secret Doctrines this little work 
based upon the world-old Hermetic Teach- 
ings. There has been so little written 
upon this subject, notwithstanding the 
countless references to the Teachings in 
the many works upon occultism, that the 
many earnest searchers after the Arcane 
Truttis will doubtless welcome the appear- 
ance of the present voliune. 

The purpose of this work is not the 
enunciation of any special philosophy or 
doctrine, but rather is to give to the stu- 
dents a statement of the Truth that will 
serve to reconcile the many bits of occult 
knowledge that they may have acquired, 
but which are apparently opposed to each 
other and which often serve to discourage 


8 Introduction 

and disgust the beginner in the study. 
Our intent is not to erect a new Temple of 
Knowledge, but rather to place in the 
hands of the student a Master-Key with 
which he may open the many inner doors 
in the Temple of Mystery through the 
main portals he has already entered. 

There is no portion of the occult teach- 
ings possessed by the world which have 
been so closely guarded as the fragments 
of the Hermetic Teachings which have 
come down to us over the tens of centuries 
which have elapsed since the lifetime of its 
great founder, Hermes Trismegistus, the 
*' scribe of the gods,'' who dwelt in old 
Egypt in the days when the present race 
of men was in its infancy. Contemporary 
with Abraham, and, if the legends be true, 
an instructor of that venerable sage, 
Hermes was, and is, the Great Central Sun 
of Occultism, whose rays have served to 
illumine the countless teachings which 
have been promulgated since his time. All 
the fundamental and basic teachings em- 
bedded in the esoteric teachings of every 

Introduction 9 

race may be traced back to Hermes. Even 
the most ancient teachings of India un- 
doubtedly have their roots in the original 
Hermetic Teachings. 

From the land of the Ganges many ad- 
vanced occultists wandered to the land of 
Egypt, and sat at the feet of the Master. 
From him they obtained the Master-Key 
which explained and reconciled their diver- 
gent views, and thus tiie Secret Doctrine 
was firmly established. From other lands 
also came the learned ones, all of whom 
regarded Hermes as the Master of Mas- 
ters, and his influence was so great that in 
spite of the many wanderings from the 
path on the part of the centuries of teach- 
ers in these different lands, there may still 
be found a certain basic resemblance and 
correspondence which underlies the many 
and often quite divergent theories enter- 
tained and taught by the occultists of these 
different lands today. The student of 
Comparative Beligions will be able to per- 
ceive the influence of the Hermetic Teach- 
ings in every religion worthy of the name, 

10 Introduction 

now known to man, whether it be a dead 
religion or one in fnll vigor in onr own 
times. There is always a certain corre- 
spondence in spite of the contradictory 
features, and the Hermetic Teachings act 
as the Great Reconciler. 

The lifework of Hermes seems to have 
been in the direction of planting the great 
Seed-Truth which has grown and blos- 
somed in so many strange forms, rather 
than to establish a school of philos- 
ophy which would dominate the world's 
thought. But, nevertheless, the origin 
nal truths taught by him have been 
kept intact in their original purity by 
a few men in each age, who, re- 
fusing great numbers of half -developed 
students and followers, followed the Her- 
metic custom and reserved their truth for 
the few who were ready to comprehend 
and master it. From lip to ear the truth 
has been handed down among the few. 
There have always been a few Initiates in 
each generation, in the various lands of 
^he earth, who kept alive the sacred flame 

Introduction 11 

of the Hermetic Teachings, and such have 
always been willing to use their lamps to 
re-light the lesser lamps of the outside 
world, when the light of truth grew dim, 
and clouded by reason of neglect, and when 
the wicks became clogged with foreign 
matter. There were always a few to tend 
faithfully the altar of the Truth, upon 
which was kept alight the Perpetual Lamp 
of Wisdom. These men devoted their 
lives to the labbr of love which the poet 
has so well stated in his lines : 

* * 0, let not the flame die out ! Cherished 
age after age in its dark cavern — ^in its 
holy temples cherished. Fed by pure min- 
isters of love — ^let not the flame die out!*' 

These men have never sought popular 
approval, nor numbers of followers. They 
are indifferent to these things, for they 
know how few there are in each generation 
who are ready for the truth, or who would 
recognize it if it were presented to them. 
They reserve the "strong meat for men,*' 
while others furnish the **milk for babes.'* 
They reserve their pearls of wisdom for 

12 Introduction 

the few elect, who recognize their value 
and who wear them in their crowns, in- 
stead of casting them before the material- 
istic vulgar swine, who would trample them 
in the mud and mix them with their disgust- 
ing mental food. But still these men have 
never forgotten or overlooked the original 
teachings of Hermes, regarding the pass- 
ing on of the words of truth to those ready 
to receive it, which teaching is stated in 
The Kybalion as follows: *' Where fall 
the footsteps of the Master, the ears of 
those ready for his Teaching open wide.'* 
And again: **When the ears of the stu- 
dent are ready to hear, then cometh the 
lips to fill them with wisdom. '* But their 
customary attitude has always been strictly 
in accordance with the other Hermetic 
aphorism, also in The Kybalion: **The 
lips of Wisdom are closed, except to the 
ears of Understanding." 

There are those who have criticised this 
attitude of the Hermetists, and who have 
claimed that they did not manifest the 
proper spirit in their policy of seclusion 

Introduction 13 

and reticence. But a mementos glance 
back over the pages of history will show 
the wisdom of the Masters, who knew the 
folly of attempting to teach to the world 
that which it was neither ready or willing 
to receive. The Hermetists have never 
sought to be martyrs, and have, instead, 
sat silently aside with a pitying smile on 
their closed lips, while the ** heathen raged 
noisily about them'* in their customary 
amusement of putting to death and torture 
the honest but misguided enthusiasts who 
imagined that they could force upon a race 
of barbarians the truth capable of being 
understood only by the elect who had ad- 
vanced along The Path. 

And the spirit of persecution has not as 
yet died out in the land. There are cer- 
tain Hermetic Teachings, which, if pub- 
licly promulgated, would bring down upon 
the teachers a great cry of scorn and 
revilement from the multitude, who would 
again raise the cry of ** Crucify! Crucify.'* 

In this little work we have endeavored 
to give you an idea of the fundamental 

14 The Kybalion 

teachings of The Kybalion, striving to 
give you the working Principles, leaving 
you to apply them yourselves, rather than 
attempting to work out the teaching in de- 
tail. If you are a true student, you will 
be able to work out and apply these Prin- 
ciples — ^if not, then you must develop your- 
self into one, for otherwise the Hermetic 
Teachings will be as ** words, words, 
words*' to you. 

The Thbeb Inixiatss. 


The B!ebm£tio Philosophy. 

''The lips of wisdom are dosed, except to the ears of 
Understanding. ' ' — The KybaUan. 

From old Egypt have come the funda- 
mental esoteric and occult teachings which 
have so strongly influenced the philosophies 
of all races, nations and peoples, for sev- 
eral thousand years. Egypt, the home of 
the Pyramids and the Sphinx, was the 
birthplace of the Hidden Wisdom and 
Mystic Teachings. From her Secret Doc- 
trine all nations have borrowed. India, 
Persia, Chaldea, Medea, China, Japan, 
Assyria, ancient Greece and Bome, and 
other ancient countries partook liberally at 
the feast of knowledge which the Hiero- 
phants and Masters of the Land of Isis so 
freely provided for those who came pre- 


16 The Kybalion 

pared to partake of the great store of 
Mystic and Occult Lore which the master- 
minds of that ancient land had gathered 

In ancient 'Egypt dwelt the great Adepts 
and Masters who have never been sur- 
passedy and who seldom have been equaled, 
during the centuries that have taken their 
processional flight since the days of the 
Great Hermes. In Egypt was located the 
Great Lodge of Lodges of the Mystics. At 
the doors of her Temples entered the Neo- 
phytes who afterward, as Hierophants, 
Adepts, and Masters, traveled to the four 
comers of the earth, carrying with them 
the precious knowledge which they were 
ready, anxious, and willing to pass on to 
those who were ready to receive the same. 
All students of the Occult recognize the 
debt that they owe to these venerable Mas- 
ters of that ancient land. 

But among these great Masters of An- 
cient Egypt there once dwelt one of whom 
Masters hailed as **The Master of Mas- 
ters. ' ' This man, if * * man ' ' indeed he was, 

The Hermetic Philosophy 17 

dwelt in Egypt in the earliest days. He 
was known as Hermes Trismegistns. He 
was the father of the Occnlt Wisdom; the 
founder of Astrology; the discoverer of 
Alchemy. The details of his life story are 
lost to history, owing to the lapse of the 
years, though several of the ancient coun- 
tries disputed with each other in their 
claims to the honor of having furnished his 
birthplace — ^and this thousands of years 
ago. The date of his sojourn in Egypt, in 
that his last incarnation on this planet, is 
not now known, but it has been fixed at the 
early days of the oldest dynasties of Egjrpt 
— ^long before the days of Moses. The best 
authorities regard him as a contemporary 
of Abraham, and some of the Jewish tradi- 
tions go so far as to claim that Abraham 
' acquired a portion of his mystic knowledge 
from Hermes himself. 

As the years rolled by after his passing 
from this plane of life (tradition recording 
that he lived three hundred years in the 
flesh), the Egyptians deified Hermes, and 
made him one of their gods, under the 

18 The Kybalion 

name of Thoth. Years after, the people of 
Ancient Greece also made him one of their 
many gods — calling him ^^ Hermes, the god 
of Wisdom.'* The Egyptians revered his 
memory for many centuries — ^yes, tens of 
centuries — calling him '*the Scribe of the 
Gods,'* and bestowing upon him, dis- 
tinctively, his ancient title, **Trismegis- 
tus,'' which means **the thrice-greaf ; 
**the great-great'*; **the greatest-great**; 
etc. In all the ancient lands, the name of 
Hermes Trismegistus was revered, the 
name being synonymous with the ** Fount 
of Wisdom.** 

Even to this day, we use the term ** her- 
metic** in the sense of ** secret**; ** sealed 
so that nothing can escape**; etc., and this 
by reason of the fact that the foUowers of 
Hermes always observed the principle of 
secrecy in their teachings. They did not 
believe in ** casting pearls before swine,** 
but rather held to the teaching **milk for 
babes; meat for strong men,** both of 
which maxims are familiar to readers of 
the Christian scriptures, but both of which 

The Hermetic Philosophy 19 

had been used by the Egyptians for cen- 
turies before the Christian era. 

And this policy of careful dissemination 
of the truth has always characterized the 
Hermetics, even unto the present day. The 
Hermetic Teachings are to be found in all 
lands, among all religions, but never iden- 
tified with any particular country, nor with 
any particular religious sect. This be- 
cause of the warning of the ancient teach- 
ers against allowing the Secret Doctrine to 
become crystallized into a creed. The wis- 
dom of this caution is apparent to all stu- 
dents of history. The ancient occultism of 
India and Persia degenerated, and was 
largely lost, owing to the fact that the 
teachers became priests, and so mixed 
theology with the philosophy, the result 
being that the occultism of India and Per- 
sia has been gradually lost amidst the mass 
of religious superstition, cults, creeds and 
**gods." So it was with Ancient Greece 
and Rome. So it was with the Hermetic 
Teachings of the Gnostics and Early Chris- 
tians, which were lost at the time of Con- 

20 The Kyhalion 

stantine, whose iron hand smothered phi- 
losophy with the blanket of theology, losing 
to the Christian Church that which was its 
very essence and spirit, and causing it to 
grope throughout several centuries before 
it found the way back to its ancient faith, 
the indications apparent to all careful ob- 
servers in this Twentieth Century being 
that the Church is now struggling to get 
back to its ancient mystic teachings. 

But there were always a few faithful 
souls who kept alive the Flame, tending it 
carefully, and not allowing its light to be- 
come extinguished. And thanks to these 
staxmch hearts, and fearless minds, we 
have the truth still with us. But it is not 
found in books, to any great extent. It has 
been passed along from Master to Student ; 
from Initiate to Hierophant; from lip to 
ear. When it was written down at all, its 
meaning was veiled in terms of alchemy 
and astrology, so that only those possess- 
ing the key could read it aright. This was 
made necessary in order to avoid the perse- 
cutions of the theologians of the Middle 

The Hermetic Philosophy 21 

Ages, who fought the Secret Doctrine with 
fire and sword; stake, gibbet and cross. 
Even to this day there will be found but 
few reliable books on the Hermetic 
Philosophy, although there are countless 
references to it in many books written on 
various phases of Occultism. And yet, the 
Hermetic Philosophy is the only Master 
Key which will open all the doors of the 
Occult Teachings ! 

In the early days, there was a compila- 
tion of certain Basic Hermetic Doctrines, 
passed on from teacher to student, which 
was known as **THE KYBALION,'* the 
exact significance and meaning of the term 
having been lost for several centuries. This 
teaching, however, is known to many to 
whom it has descended, from mouth to ear, 
on and on throughout the centuries. Its 
precepts have never been written down, or 
printed, so far as we know. It was merely 
a collection of maxims, axioms, and pre- 
cepts, which were non-understandable to 
outsiders, but which were readily under- 
stood by students, after the axioms. 

22 The Kyhalion 

maximSy and precepts had been explained 
and exemplified by the Hermetic Initiates 
to their Neophytes. These teachings really 
constituted the basic principles of **The 
Art of Hermetic Alchemy, *' which, con- 
trary to the general belief, dealt in the 
mastery of Mental Forces, rather than Ma- 
terial Elements — the Transmutation of one 
kind of Mental Vibrations into others, in- 
stead of the changing of one kind of metal 
into another. The legends of the * * Philoso- 
pher *s Stone*' which would turn base metal 
into Gold, was an allegory relating to Her- 
metic Philosophy, readily understood by 
all students of true Hermeticism. 

In this little book, of which this is the 
First Lesson, we invite our students to ex- 
amine into the Hermetic Teachings, as set 
forth in THE KYBALION, and as ex- 
plained by ourselves, humble students of 
the Teachings, who, while bearing the title 
of Initiates, are still students at the feet 
of HEEMES, the Master. We herein give 
you many of the maxims, axioms and pre- 
cepts of THE KYBALION. accompanied 

The Hermetic Philosophy 23 

by explanations and illustrations which we 
deem likely to render the teachings more 
easily comprehended by the modem stu- 
denty particularly as the original text is 
purposely veiled in obscure terms. 

The original maxims, axioms, and pre- 
cepts of **THE KYBAUON** are printed 
herein, in quotation marks, the proper 
credit being given. Our own work is 
printed in the regular way, in the body of 
the work. We trust that the many stu- 
dents to whom we now offer this little work 
will derive as much benefit from the study 
of its pages as have the many who have 
gone on before, treading the same Path to 
Mastery throughout the centuries that have 
passed since the times of HERMES TEIS- 
MEGISTUS— the Master of Masters— the 
Great-Great. In the words of ** THE KY- 

<< Where fall the footntepe of the Master, the ears of 
those ready for his Teaching open wide." — The 

' * When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then 
rnm«*th the lips to ifil them wiin wisdom." — The 

24 The Kybalion 

So that according to the Teachings, the 
passage of this book to those ready for 
the instruction will attract the attention of 
such as are prepared to receive the Teach- 
ing. And, likewise, when the pupil is ready 
to receive the truth, then will this little 
book come to him, or her. Such is The 
Law. The Hermetic Principle of Cause 
and Effect, in its aspect of The Law of At- 
traction, will bring lips and ear together — 
pupil and book in company. So mote it be ! 


The Seven Hebketio Pbinciples. 

"The Principles of Tmtfa are Seven; be who knows 
these, nnderstandinglj^ po s sess e s the Magic Key before 
whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open." — 
The Kpbalion. 

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon 
which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is 
based, are as follows : 


26 The Kybalion 




These Seven Principles will be discussed 
and explained as we proceed with these les- 
sons. A short explanation of each, how- 
ever, may as well be given at this point. 


''THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental."— 
The Kybalion. 

This Principle embodies the truth that 
*'A11 is Mind.'' It explains that THE 
ALL (which is the Substantial Reality 
underlying all the outward manifestations 
and appearances which we know under the 
terms of **The Material Universe"; the 
'^Phenomenaof Life''; **Matter"; ''En- 
ergy"; and, in short, all that is apparent 
to our material senses) is SPIRIT, which 
in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDE- 
FINABLE, but which may be considered 
and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, IN- 

Seven Hermetic Principles 27 

FINITE, LIVING MIND. It also explains 
that all the phenomenal world or universe 
is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, 
subject to the Laws of Created Things, and 
that the universe, as a whole, and in its 
parts or units, has its existence in the Mind 
of THE ALL, in which Mind we **live and 
move and have our being.'* This Princi- 
ple, by establishing the Mental Nature of 
the Universe, easily explains all of the va- 
ried mental and psychic phenomena that 
occupy such a large portion of the public 
attention, and which, without such explana- 
tion, are non-understandable and defy 
scientific treatment. An understanding of 
this great Hermetic Principle of Mental- 
ism enables the individual to readily grasp 
the laws of the Mental Universe, and to 
apply the same to his well-being and ad- 
vancement. The Hermetic Student is en- 
abled to apply intelligently the great Men- 
tal Laws, instead of using them in a hap- 
hazard manner. With the Master-Key in 
his possession, the student may unlock the 
many doors of the mental and psychic tern- 

28 The Kybalion 

pie of knowledge, and enter the same freely 
and intelligently. This Principle explains 
the true nature of ** Energy,*' ** Power,*' 
and ** Matter,*' and why and how all these 
are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. 
One of the old Hermetic Masters wrote, 
long ages ago: **He who grasps the truth 
of the Mental Nature of the Universe is 
well advanced on The Path to Mastery." 
And these words are as true to-day as at 
the time they were first written. Without 
this Master-Key, Mastery is impossible, 
and the student knocks in vain at the many 
doors of The Temple. 


''As above, so below; as below, so above." — The 

This Principle embodies the truth that 
there is always a Correspondence between 
the laws and phenomena of the various 
planes of Being and Life. The old Her- 
metic axiom ran in these words: **As 
above, so below; as below, so above." And 

Seven Hermetic Principles 29 

the grasping of this Principle gives one 
the means of solving many a dark paradox, 
and hidden secret of Nature. There are 
planes beyond our knowing, but when we 
apply the Principle of Correspondence to 
them we are able to understand much that 
would otherwise be unknowable to us. This 
Principle is of universal application and 
manifestation, on the various planes of the 
material, mental, and spiritual universe — 
it is an Universal Law. The ancient Her- 
metists considered this Principle as one of 
the most important mental instruments by 
which man was able to pry aside the obsta- 
cles which hid from view the Unknown. 
Its use even tore aside the Veil of Isis to 
the extent that a glimpse of the face of the 
goddess might be caught. Just as a knowl- 
edge of the Principles of Geometry enables 
man to measure distant suns and their 
movements, while seated in his observa- 
tory, so a knowledge of the Principle of 
Correspondence enables Man to reason in- 
telligently from the Known to the Un- 

30 The Kyhalion 

known. Studying the monad, he under- 
stands the archangel. 


*' Nothing rests; everTthing moTes; everything vi- 
brates. "—-T/ie Kyhalion. 

Thi^ Principle embodies the truth that 
*^ everything is in motion''; '* everything 
vibrates''; ** nothing is at rest"; facts 
which Modem Science endorses, and which 
each new scientific discovery tends to ver- 
ify. And yet this Hermetic Principle was 
enunciated thousands of years ago, by the 
Masters of Ancient Egypt. This Princi- 
ple explains that the differences between 
different manifestations of Matter, En- 
ergy, Mind, and even Spirit, result largely 
from varying rates of Vibration. From 
THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to 
the grossest form of Matter, all is in vibra- 
tion — ^the higher the vibration, the higher 
the position in the scale. The vibration of 
Spirit is at such an infinite rate of inteU'- 
flity and rapidity that it is practically at 

Seven Hermetic Principles 31 

rest — just as a rapidly moving wheel seems 
to be motionless. And at the other end of 
the scale, there are gross forms of matter 
whose vibrations are so low as to seem at 
rest. Between these poles, there are mil^ 
lions upon millions of varying degrees of 
vibration. From corpuscle and electron, 
atom and molecule, to worlds and uni- 
verses, everything is in vibratory motion. 
This is also true on the planes of energy 
and force (which are but varying degrees 
of vibration); and also on the mental 
planes (whose states depend upon vibra- 
tions) ; and even on to the spiritual planes. 
An understanding of this Principle, with 
the appropriate formulas, enables Her- 
metic students to control their own mental 
vibrations as well as those of others. The 
Masters also apply this Principle to the 
conquering of Natural phenomena, in vari' 
ous ways. * * He who understands the Prin- 
ciple of Vibration, has grasped the sceptre 
of power, '* says one of the old writers. 

32 The Kybalion 


' ' Eyerything is Dual; eTerything has poles; every- 
thing has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the 
same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in 
degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all 
paradoxes may be reconciled." — The Kybalion. 

This Principle embodies the truth that 
** everything is duaP*; ** everything has 
two poles**; ** everything has its pair of 
opposites/* all of which were old Hermetic 
axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, 
that have perplexed so many, which have 
been stated as follows: ^'Thesis and anti- 
thesis are identical in nature, but different 
in degree**; ** opposites are the same, dif- 
fering only in degree**; **the pairs of op- 
posites may be reconciled**; ** extremes 
meet**; ** everything is and isn*t, at the 
same time**; **all truths are but half- 
truths**; ** every truth is half-false**; 
** there are two sides to everything,** etc.j 
etc., etc. It explains that in everything 
there are two poles, or opposite aspects, 
and that ** opposites** are really only the 
two extremes of the same thing, with many 

Seven Hermetic Principles 33 

varying degrees between them. To illus- 
trate: Heat and Cold, although **oppo- 
sitesy" are really the same thing, the dif- 
ferences consisting merely of degrees of 
the same thing. Look at your thermome- 
ter and see if you can discover where 
**heat*' terminates and **cold'* begins! 
There is no such thing as ** absolute heat** 
or ^'absolute cold'* — ^the two terms **heat'' 
and **cold*' simply indicate varying de- 
grees of the same thing, and that **same 
thing'* which manifests as **heat** and 
**coW is merely a form, variety, and rate 
of Vibration. So **heat** and **coW are 
simply the **two poles** of that which we 
call **Heat** — and the phenomena attend- 
ant thereupon are manifestations of the 
Principle of Polarity. The same Principle 
manifests in the case. of '^ Light and Dark- 
ness," which are the same thing, the dif- 
ference consisting of varying degrees be- 
tween the two poles of the phenomena. 
Where does ** darkness** leave off, and 
** light** begin! What is the difference be- 
tween ** Large and Small**! Between 

34 The Kyhalion 

''Hard and Soft^'f Between *' Black and 
WMte'^f Between **Sliarp and DulP^f 
Between ** Noise and Quief f Between 
**High and Low^'f Between ** Positive 
and Negative**? The Principle of Polar- 
ity explains these paradoxes, and no other 
Principle can supersede it. The same Prin- 
ciple operates on the Mental Plane. Let 
us take a radical and extreme example — 
that of **Love and Hate,'* two mental 
states apparently totally different. And 
yet there are degrees of Hate and degrees 
of Love, and a middle point in which we use 
the terms *'Like or Dislike,** which shade 
into each other so gradually that some- 
times we are at a loss to know whether we 
^4ike** or ^^dislike** or ''neither.** And 
all are simply degrees of the same thing, as 
you will see if you will but think a moment. 
And, more than this (and considered of 
more importance by the Hermetists), it is 
possible to change the vibrations of Hate 
to the vibrations of Love, in one*s own 
mind, and in the minds of others. Many 
of you, who read these lines, have had per- 

Seven Hermetic Principles 35 

sonal experiences of the involuntary rapid 
transition from Love to Hate, and the re- 
verse, in your own case and that of others. 
And you will therefore realize the possi- 
bility of this being accomplished by the 
use of the Will, by means of the Hermetic 
formulas. **Good and Evil'' are but the 
poles of the same thing, and the Hermetist 
understands the art of transmuting Evil 
into GU)od, by means of an application of 
the Principle of Polarity. In short, the 
'* Art of Polarization" becomes a phase of 
** Mental Alchemy'' known and practiced 
by the ancient and modern Hermetic Mas- 
ters. An understanding of the Principle 
will enable one to change his own Polarity, 
as well as that of others, if he will devote 
the time and study necessary to master 
the art. 


"Everything flows, out and in; everything has its 
tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing 
manifests in everything ; the measure of the swing to the 
right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm 
compensates." — The Kyhdlion. 

36 The Kyhalion 

This Principle embodies the truth that 
in everything there is manifested a meas- 
ured motion, to and fro; a flow and in- 
flow; a swing backward and forward; a 
pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb 
and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; be- 
tween the two poles which exist in accord- 
ance with the Principle of Polarity de- 
scribed a moment ago. There is always 
an action and a reaction; an advance and 
a retreat ; a rising and a sinking. This is 
in the affairs of the Universe, suns, worlds, 
men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. 
This law is manifest in the creation and 
destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall 
of nations; in the life of all things; and 
finally in the mental states of Man (and it 
is with this latter that the Hermetists find 
the understanding of the Principle most 
important) . The Hermetists have grasped 
this Principle, finding its universal applica- 
tion, and have also discovered certain 
means to overcome its effects in themselves 
by the use of the appropriate formulas and 
methods. They apply the Mental Law of 

Seven Hermetic Principles 37 

Neutralization. They cannot annul the 
Principle, or cause it to cease its operation, 
but they have learned how to escape its 
effects upon themselves to a certain degree 
depending upon the Mastery of the Prin- 
ciple. They have learned how to USE it, 
instead of being USED BY it. In this and 
similar methods, consist the Art of the 
Hermetists. The Master of Hermetics po- 
larizes himself at the point at which he 
desires to rest, and then neutralizes the 
Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which 
would tend to carry him to the other pole. 
All individuals who have attained any de- 
gree of Self -Mastery do this to a certain 
degree, more or less unconsciously, but the 
Master does this consciously, and by the 
use of his Will, and attains a degree of 
Poise and Mental Firmness almost impos- 
sible of belief on the part of the masses 
who are swung backward and forward like 
a pendulum. This Principle and that of 
Polarity have been closely studied by the 
Hermetists,' and the methods of counter- 
acting, neutralizing, and USING them form 

38 The Kybalion 

an important part of the Hermetic Mental 


"Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its 
Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is 
but a name for Law not recognized; there are many 
planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Iaw." — 
The Kybalion. 

This Principle embodies the fact that 
there is a Cause for every Effect; an 
Effect from every Cause. It explains that : 
* * Everything Happens according to Law*' ; 
that nothing ever * ^merely happens ' ' ; that 
there is no such thing as Chance; that 
while there are various planes of Cause 
and Effect, the higher dominating the 
lower planes, still nothing ever entirely 
escapes the Law. The Hermetists under- 
stand the art and methods of rising above 
the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect, 
to a certain degree, and by mentally rising 
to a higher plane they become Causers in- 
stead of Effects. The masses of people 
are carried along, obedient to environ- 

Seven Hermetic Principles 39 

ment; the wills and desires of others 
stronger than thraiselves; heredity; sug- 
gestion; and other outward causes moving 
them about like pawns on the Chessboard 
of Life. But the Masters, rising to the 
plane above, dominate their moods, char- 
acters, qualities, and powers, as well as the 
environment surrounding them, and be- 
come Movers instead of pawns. They help 
to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead 
of being played and moved about by other 
wills and environment. They USE the 
Principle instead of being its tools. The 
Masters obey the Causation of the higher 
planes, but they help to BULE on their 
own plane. Li this statement there is con- 
densed a wealth of Hermetic knowledge — 
let him read who can. 


'' Gender is in ererythinff; eTerything has its Mascu- 
line and Feminine Prineiples; Qender manifests on all 
planes."*— T^ Kyhalion. 

This Principle embodies the truth that 

40 The Kyhalion 

there is GENDER manifested in every- 
thing — the Masculine and Feminine Prin- 
ciples ever at work. This is true not only 
of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental 
and even the Spiritual Planes. On the 
Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as 
SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher 
forms, but the Principle is ever the same. 
No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, 
is possible without this Principle. An un- 
derstanding of its laws will throw light 
on many a subject that has perplexed the 
minds of men. The Principle of (Jender 
works ever in the direction of generation, 
regeneration, and creation. Everything, 
and every person, contains the two Ele- 
ments or Principles, or this great Prin- 
ciple, within it, him or her. Every Male 
thing has the Female Element also ; every 
Female contains also the Male Principle. 
If you would understand the philosophy of 
Mental and Spiritual Creation, Generation, 
and Be-generation, you must understand 
and study this Hermetic Principle. It con- 
tains the solution of many mysteries of 

Seven Hermetic Principles 41 

Life. We caution you that this Principle 
has no reference to the many base, per- 
nicious and degrading lustful theories, 
teachings and practices, which are taught 
under fanciful titles, and which are a 
prostitution of the great natural principle 
of Gender. Such base revivals of the an- 
cient infamous forms of Phallicism tend to 
ndn mind, body and soul, and the Hermetic 
Philosophy has ever sounded the warning 
note against these degraded teachings 
which tend toward lust, licentiousness, and 
perversion of Nature *s principles. If you 
seek such teachings, you must go elsewhere 
for them — ^Hermeticism contains nothing 
for you along these lines. To the pure, all 
things are pure ; to the base, all things are 



"HIad (as well as metals and elements) may bs 
tnuuDttntedy from state to state; degree to degree; con- 
dition to eondition; pole to pole; vibration to Tibnition. 
Trae HermetijC Transmutation is a Mental Art." — Tf^ 

As we have stated, the Hermetists were 
the original alchemists, astrologers, and 
psychologists, Hermes having been the 
f onnder of these schools of thought. From 
iastrology has grown modem astronomy; 
from alchemy has grown modem chem- 
istry; from the mystic psychology has 
grown the modern psychology of the 
schools. But it must not be supposed that 
the ancients were ignorant of that which 
the modem schools suppose to be their 
exclusive and special property. The rec- 
ords engraved on the stones of Ancient 
Egypt show conclusively that the ancients 


44 The Kyhalion 

had a full comprehensive knowledge of 
astronomy, the very building of the Pyra- 
mids showing the connection between their 
design and the study of astronomical 
science. Nor were they ignorant of Chem- 
istry, for the fragments of the ancient 
writings show that they were acquainted 
with the chemical properties of things; in 
fact, the ancient theories regarding phys- 
ics are being slowly verified by the latest 
discoveries of modem science, notably 
those relating to the constitution of matter. 
Nor must it be supposed that they were 
ignorant of the so-called modem discov- 
eries in psychology — on the contrary, the 
Egyptians were especially skilled in the 
science of Psychology, particularly in the 
branches that the modem schools ignore, 
but which, nevertheless, are being uncov- 
ered under the name of ** psychic science** 
which is perplexing the psychologists of 
to-day, and making them reluctantly admit 
that ** there may be something in it after 
The truth is, that beneath the material 

Mental Transmutation 45 

chemistry, astronomy and psychology (that 
is, the psychology in its phase of ** brain- 
action''), the ancients possessed a knowl- 
edge of transcendental astronomy, called 
astrology; of transcendental chemistry, 
called alchemy; of transcendental psychol- 
ogy, called mystic psychology. They pos- 
sessed the Inner Ejiowledge as well as the 
Outer Knowledge, the latter alone being 
possessed by modem scientists. Among 
the many secret branches of knowledge 
possessed by the Hermetists, was that 
known as Mental Transmutation, which 
forms the subject matter of this lesson. 

** Transmutation'' is a term usually em- 
ployed to designate the ancient art of the 
transmutation of metals — ^particularly of 
the base metals into gold. The word 
^* Transmute" means **to change from one 
nature, form, or substance, into another; 
to transform" (Webster). And accord- 
ingly, ** Mental Transmutation" means the 
art of changing and transforming mental 
states, forms, and conditions, into others. 
So you may see that Mental Transmuta- 

46 The Kyhalion 

tion is the ''Art of Mental Chemistry,'* if 
you like the term — a form of practical 
Mystic Psychology, 

But this means far more than appears 
on the surface. Transmutation, Alchemy, 
or Chemistry, on the Mental Plane is im- 
portant enough in its effects, to be sure, 
and if the art stopped there it would still 
be one of the most important branches of 
study known to man. But this is only the 
beginning. Let us see why! 

The first of the Seven Hermetic Prin- 
ciples is the Principle of Mentalism, the 
axiom of which is **THE ALL is Mind; 
the Universe is Mental,** which means that 
the Underlying Eeality of the Universe is 
Mind; and the Universe itself is Mental — 
that is, ** existing in the Mind of THE 
ALL.** We shall consider this Principle 
in succeeding lessons, but let us see the 
effect of the principle if it be assumed to 
be true. 

If the Universal is Mental in its nature, 
then Mental Transmutation must be the art 

Mental Transmutation 47 

THE UNIVERSE, along the lines of Mat- 
ter, Force and Mind. So yon see, there- 
fore, that Mental Transmutation is really 
the ** Magic'* of which the ancient writers 
had so mnch to say in their mystical works, 
and about which they gave so few practical 
instructions. If All be Mental, then the 
art which enables one to transmute mental 
conditions must render the Master the 
controller of material conditions as well as 
those ordinarily called **mental.'' 

As a matter of fact, none but advanced 
Mental Alchemists have been able to at- 
tain the degree of power necessary to con- 
trol the grosser physical conditions, such 
as the control of the elements of Nature; 
the production or cessation of tempests; 
the production and cessation of earth- 
quakes and other great physical phenom- 
ena. But that such men have existed, and 
do exist to-day, is a matter of earnest be- 
lief to all advanced occultists of all 
schools. That the Masters exist, and have 
these powers, the best teachers assure their 
students, having had experiences which 

48 The Kyhalion 

justify them in such belief and statements. 
These Masters do not make public exhibi- 
tions of their powers, but seek seclusion 
from the crowds of men, in order to better 
work their way along the Path of Attain- 
ment. We mention their existence, at this 
point, merely to call your attention to the 
fact that their power is entirely Mental, 
and operates along the lines of the higher 
Mental Transmutation, under the Her- 
metic Principle of Mentalism. **The Uni- 
verse is Mental ' ' — The Kybalion. 

But students and Hermetists of lesser 
degree than Masters — the Initiates and 
Teachers — ^are able to freely work along 
the Mental Plane, in Mental Transmuta- 
tion. In fact all that we call ** psychic 
phenomena ' ' ; " mental influence ' ' ; " men- 
tal science''; "new-thought phenomena,'' 
etc., operates along the same general lines, 
for there is but one principle involved, no 
matter by what name the phenomena be 

The student and practitioner of Mental 
Transmutation works among the Mental 

Mental Transmutation 49 

Plane, transmuting mental conditions, 
states, etc., into others, according to vari- 
ous formulas, more or less efficacious. The 
various ** treatments,*' *' affirmations,*' 
** denials,'* etc., of the schools of mental 
science are but formulas, often quite im- 
perfect and unscientific, of The Hermetic 
Art. The majority of modem practition- 
ers are quite ignorant compared to the 
ancient masters, for they lack the funda- 
mental knowledge upon which the work is 

Not only may the mental states, etc., of 
one's self be changed or transmuted by 
Hermetic Methods; but also the states of 
others may be, and are, constantly trans- 
muted in the same way, usually uncon- 
sciously, but often consciously by some un- 
derstanding the laws and principles, in 
cases where the people affected are not 
informed of the principles of self -protec- 
tion. And more chan this, as many stu- 
dents and practitioners of modem mental 
science know, every material condition 
depending upon the minds of other people 

50 The Kybalion 

may be changed or transmuted in accord- 
ance with the earnest desire, will, and 
'^treatments" of person desiring changed 
conditions of life. The public are so gen- 
erally informed regarding these things at 
present, that we do not deem it necessary 
to mention the same at length, our purpose 
at this point being merely to show the 
Hermetic Principle and Art underlying all 
of these various forms of practice, good 
and evil, for the force can be used in oppo- 
site directions according to the Hermetic 
Principles of Polarity. 

In this little book we shall state the 
basic principles of Mental Transmutation, 
that all who read may grasp the Under- 
lying Principles, and thus possess the 
Master-Key that will unlock the many 
doors of the Principle of Polarity. 

We shall now proceed to a consideration 
of the first of the Hermetic Seven Prin- 
ciples — the Principle of Mentalism, in 
which is explained the truth that **THE 
ALL is Mind; the Universe is Mental," 
in the words of The Kybalion. We ask the 

Mental Transmutation 51 

close attention^ and careful stndy of this 
great Principle, on the part of our stu- 
dents, for it is really the Basic Principle 
of the whole Hermetic Philosophy, and of 
the Hermetic Art of Mental Transmuta- 


The All. 

"Under, and back of, the Universe of Time, Space 
and Change, is ever to be found The Substantial Reality 
—the Fundamental Truth." — The Ky}>alion. 

* * Substance ' ' means : * * that which under- 
lies all outward manifestations; the es- 
sence; the essential reality; the thing in 
itself, ' * etc. * * Substantial * ' means : * * actu- 
ally existing; being the essential element; 
being real, ' ' etc. * * Reality' ' means : * Hhe 
state of being real; true, enduring; valid; 
fixed; permanent; actual," etc. 

Under and behind all outward appear- 
ances or manifestations, there must always 
be a Substantial Reality. This is the Law. 
Man considering the Universe, of which he 
is a unit, sees nothing but change in matter, 
forces, and mental states. He sees that 
nothing really IS, but that everything is 


54 The Kyhalion 

stands still — everything is being bom, 
growing, dying — the very instant a thing 
reaches its height, it begins to decline — 
the law of rhythm is in constant operation 
— there is no reality, enduring qnality, fix- 
ity, or substantiality in anything — ^nothing 
is permanent but Change. He sees all 
things evolving from other things, and re- 
solving into other things — a constant ac- 
tion and reaction; inflow and outflow; 
building up and tearing down; creation 
and destruction; birth, growth and death. 
Nothing endures but Change. And if he 
be a thinking man, he realizes that all of 
these changing things must be but outward 
appearances or manifestations of some 
Underlying Power— some Substantial Re- 

All thinkers, in all lands and in all times, 
have assumed the necessity for postulating 
the existence of this Substantial Reality. 
All philosophies worthy of the name have 
been based upon this thought. Men have 
given to this Substantial Reality many 

The All 55 

names — some have called it by the term of 
Deity (mider many titles); others have 
called it ''The Infinite and Eternal En- 
ergy**; others have tried to call it "Mat- 
ter** — ^but all have acknowledged its exist- 
ence. It is self-evident — it needs no 

In these lessons we have followed the 
example of some of the world *s greatest 
thinkers, both ancient and modem — ^the 
Hermetic Masters — and have called this 
Underlying Power — this Substantial Real- 
ity— by the Hermetic name of ''THE 
ALL,** which term we consider the most 
comprehensive of the many terms applied 
by Man to THAT which transcends names 
and terms. 

We accept and teach the view of the 
great Hermetic thinkers of all times, as 
well as of those illumined souls who have 
reached higher planes of being, both of 
whom assert that the inner nature of THE 
ALL is UNKNOWABLE. This must be 
so, for naught by THE ALL itself can 
comprehend its own nature and being. 

56 The Kybdum 

The Hennedsts bdiere and teadi that 
THE ALL, ''in itself," is and most ever 
be UNKNOWABLE. They regard aU the 
theories, guesses and speculations of the 
theologians and metajAysicians r^;arding 
tiie inner nature of THE ALL, as but the 
childish efforts of mortal minds to grasp 
the secret of tiie Iiifinite. Such efforts 
have always failed and will always fail, 
from the very nature of the task. Onepur- 
suing such inquiries travels around and 
around in the labyrinth of thou^t, until 
he is lost to all sane reasoning, action or 
conduct, and is utterly unfitted for the work 
of life. He is like the squirrel which 
frantically runs around and around the 
circling treadmill wheel of his cage, travel- 
ing ever and yet reaching nowhere — ^at the 
end a prisoner still, and standing just 
where he started. 

And still more presumptuous are those 
who attempt to ascribe to THE ALL the 
personality, qualities, properties, charac- 
teristics and attributes of themselves, 
ascribing to THE ALL the human emo- 

The All 57 

tionsy feelings, and characteristics, even 
down to the pettiest qualities of mankind, 
such as jealousy, susceptibility to flattery 
and praise, desire for offerings and wor- 
ship, and all the other survivals from the 
days of the childhood of the race. Such 
ideas are not worthy of grown men and 
women, and are rapidly being discarded. 

(At this point, it may be proper for me 
to state that we make a distinction between 
Religion and Theology— between Philoso- 
phy and Metaphysics. Religion, to us, 
means that intuitional realization of the 
existence of THE ALL, and one's relation- 
ship to it; while Theology means the at- 
tempts of men to ascribe personality, quali- 
ties, and characteristics to it ; their theories 
regarding its affairs, will, desires, plans, 
and designs ; and their assumption of the 
oflSce of **middle-men'' between THE ALL 
and the people. Philosophy, to us, means 
the inquiry after knowledge of things 
knowable and thinkable ; while Metaphysics 
means the attempt to carry the inquiry 
over and beyond the boundaries and into 

58 The Kyhalion 

regions unknowable and unthinkable, and 
with the same tendency as that of Theol- 
ogy. And consequently, both Religion and 
Philosophy mean to us things having roots 
in Reality, while Theology and Meta- 
physics seem like broken reeds, rooted in 
the quicksands of ignorance, and affording 
naught but the most insecure support for 
the mind or soul of Man. We do not insist 
upon our students accepting these defini- 
tions — ^we mention them merely to show 
our position. At any rate, you shall hear 
very little about Theology and Meta- 
physics in these lessons.) 

But while the essential nature of THE 
ALL is Unknowable, there are certain 
truths connected with its existence which 
the himaan mind finds itself compelled to 
accept. And an examination of these re- 
ports form a proper subject of inquiry, 
particularly as they agree with the reports 
of the Illumined on higher planes. And to 
this inquiry we now invite you. 

''THAT whicb is the Fundamental Tn3th--the Sub- 
stantial Beality — ^is beyond true naming, but the Wise 
Men call it THE ALL." — Tlie KyhaUon. 

The All 59 

'*In its Essence, THE ALL is UNKNOWABLE."— 
The Kyhalimu 

''Buty the report of Beason must be hospitably re- 
ceived, and treated with respect.'* — The Kybalion. 

The human reason, whose reports we 
must accept so long as we think at all, in- 
forms us as follows regarding THE ALL, 
and that without attempting to remove the 
veil of the Unknowable : 

(1) THE ALL must be ALL that EE- 
ALLY IS. There can be nothing existing 
outside of THE ALL, else THE ALL 
would not be THE ALL. 

(2) THE ALL must be INFINITE, for 
there is nothing else to define, confine, 
bound, limit or restrict THE ALL. It 
must be Infinite in Time, or ETERNAL,— 
it must have always continuously existed, 
for there is nothing else to have ever cre- 
ated it, and something can never evolve 
from nothing, and if it had ever **not 
been,'* even for a moment, it would not 
**be'* now, — it must continuously exist for- 
ever, for there is nothing to destroy it, and 
it can never **not-be,'' even for a moment, 
because something can never become noth- 

60 The Kyhalion 

ing. It must be Infinite in Space — ^it must 
be Everywhere, for there is no place out- 
side of THE ALL— it cannot be otherwise 
than continuous in Space, without break, 
cessation, separation, or interruption, for 
there is nothing to break, separate, or in- 
terrupt its continuity, and nothing with 
which to **fill in the gaps.** It must be 
Infinite in Power, or Absolute, for there 
is nothing to limit, restrict, restrain, con- 
fine, disturb or condition it— it is subject 
to no other Power, for there is no otiter 

(3) THE ALL must be IMMUTABLE, 
or not subject to change in its real nature, 
for there is nothing to work changes upon 
it; nothing into which it could change, nor 
from which it could have changed. It can- 
not be added to nor subtracted from; in- 
creased nor diminished; nor become 
greater or lesser in any respect whatso- 
ever. It must have always been, and must 
always remain, just what it is now — ^THE 
ALL— there has never been, is not now, 

The All 61 

and never will be, anything else into which 
it can change. 

THE ALL being Infinite, Absolute, 
Eternal and Unchangeable it must follow 
that anything finite, changeable, fleeting, 
and conditioned cannot be TECEi ALL. And 
as there is Nothing outside of TECE! ALL, 
in BeaUty, then any and all such finite 
things must be as Nothing in Reality. Now 
do not become befogged, nor frightened — 
we are not trying to lead you into the 
Christian Science field under cover of Her- 
metic Philosophy. There is a Reconcilia- 
tion of this apparently contradictory state 
of affairs. Be patient, we will readi it in 

We see around us that which is called 
"Matter,** which forms the physical 
foundation for all forms. Is THE ALL 
merely Matter! Not at all 1 Matter can- 
not manifest Life or Mind, and as life and 
Mind are manifested in the Universe, THE 
ALL cannot be Matter, for nothing rises 
higher than its own source — nothing is 
ever manifested in an effect that is not in 

62 The Kybalion 

the cause — nothing is evolved as a conse- 
quent that is not involved as an antecedent. 
And then Modern Science informs us that 
there is really no such thing as Matter — 
that what we call Matter is merely *' inter- 
rupted energy or force/* that is, energy 
or force at a low rate of vibration. As a 
recent writer has said '^ Matter has melted 
into Mystery. * * Even Material Science has 
abandoned the theory of Matter, and now 
rests on the basis of ** Energy.** 

Then is THE ALL mere Energy or 
Force! Not Energy or Force as the mate- 
rialists use the terms, for their energy and 
force are blind, mechanical things, devoid 
of Life or Mind. Life and Mind can never 
evolve from blind Energy or Force, for the 
reason given a moment ago: ^^ Nothing 
can rise higher than its source — ^nothing 
is evolved unless it is involved — ^nothing 
manifests in the effect, unless it is in the 
cause. '* And so THE ALL cannot be mere 
Energy or Force, for, if it were, then there 
would be no such things as Life and Mind 
in existence, and we know better than that. 

The All 63 

for we are Alive and using Mind to con- 
sider this very question, and so are those 
who claim that Energy or Force is Every- 

What is there then higher than Matter 
or Energy that we know to be existent in 
the Universe! LIFE AND MIND! Life 
and Mind in all their varying degrees of 
unfoldmenti **Then,** you ask, **do you 
mean to tell us that THE ALL is LIFE 
lind MIND!** Yes! and No! is our an- 
swer. If you mean Life and Mind as we 
poor petty mortals know them, we say No! 
THE ALL is not that ! * * But what kind of 
Life and Mind do you mean!** you ask. 

The answer is *' LIVING MIND, as far 
above that which mortals know by those 
words, as Life and Mind are higher than 
mechanical forces, or matter— INFINITE 
LIVING MIND as compared to finite Life 
and Mind.** We mean that whidi the 
illumined souls mean when they reverently 
pronounce the word: **SPIEITI** 

**THE ALL** is Infinite Living Mind-, 
the Illumined call it SPIRIT! 

Thb Mental Ukivebsb. 

<<The Uniyerie is Mental— held in the Mind of THE 
ALL.''— r^ KyhdlUm. 

THE ALL is SPIRIT I But what is 
Spirit! This question cannot be answered, 
for the reason that its definition is prac- 
tically that of THE ALL, which cannot be 
explained or defined. Spirit is simply a 
name that men give to the highest concep- 
tion of Infinite Living Mind — ^it means 
**the Real Essence** — ^it means Living 
Mindy as much superior to Life and Mind 
as we know them, as the latter are superior 
to mechanical Energy and Matter. Spirit 
transcends our understanding, and we use 
the term merely that we may think or 
speak of THE ALL. For the purposes of 
thought and understading, we are justified 
in thinking of Spirit as Infinite Living 


66 The Kybalion 

Mindi at the same time acknowledging that 
we cannot fully understand it. We must 
either do this or stop thinking of the mat- 
ter at all. 

Let us now proceed to a consideration of 
the nature of the Universe, as a whole and 
in its parts. What is the Universe? We 
have seen that there can be nothing outside 
of THE ALL. Then is the Universe THE 
ALL? No, this cannot be, because the Uni- 
verse seems to be made up of MANY, and 
is constantly changing, and in other ways 
it does not measure up to the ideas that we 
are compelled to accept regarding THE 
ALL, as stated in our last lesson. Then if 
the Universe be not THE ALL, then it 
must be Nothing — such is the inevitable 
conclusion of the mind at first thought. 
But this will not satisfy the question, for 
we are sensible of the existence of the Uni- 
verse. Then if the Universe is neither 
THE ALL, nor Nothing, what can it be? 
Let us examine this question. 

If the Universe exists at all, or seems to 
exist, it must proceed in some way from 

The Mental Universe 67 

THE ALL— it must be a creation of THE 
ALL. But as something can never come 
from nothing, from what could THE ALL 
have created itf Some philosophers have 
answered this question by saying that THE 
ALL created^the Universe from ITSELF 
— that is, from the being and substance of 
THE ALL. But this will not do, for THE 
ALL cannot be subtracted from, nor di- 
vided, as we have seen, and then again if 
this be so, would not each particle in the 
Universe be aware of its being THE ALL 
— THE ALL could not lose its knowledge 
of itself, nor actually BECOME an atom^ 
or blind force, or lowly living thing. Some 
men, indeed, realizing that THE ALL is 
indeed ALL, and also recognizing that 
they, the men, existed, have jumped to the 
conclusion that they and THE ALL were 
identical, and they have filled the air with 
shouts of I AM GOD,*' to the amusement 
of the multitude and the sorrow of sages. 
The claim of the corpuscle that: **I am 
Man!** would be modest in comparison. 
But, what indeed is the Universe, if it 

68 The Kybalion 

be not THE ALL, not yet created by THE 
ALL having separated itself into frag- 
ments! What else can it be — of what else 
can it be made! This is the great question. 
Let us examine it carefully. We find 
here that the ** Principle of Correspond- 
ence** (see Lesson I.) comes to our aid 
here. The old Hermetic axiom, ** As above 
so below,** may be pressed into service at 
this point. Let us endeavor to get a 
glimpse of the workings on higher planes 
by examining those on our own. The 
Principle of Correspondence must apply 
to this as well as to other problems. 

Let us see ! On his own plane of being, 
how does Man create? Well, first, he may 
create by making something out of outside 
materials. But this will not do, for there 
are no materials outside of THE ALL with 
which it may create. Well, then, secondly, 
Man pro-creates or reproduces his kind by 
the process of begetting, which is self- 
multiplication accomplished by transfer- 
ring a portion of his substance to his 
oflfspring. But this will not do, because 

The Mental Universe 69 

THE ALL cannot transfer or subtract a 
portion of itself, nor can it reproduce or 
multiply itself — ^in the first place there 
would be a taking away, and in the second 
case a multiplication or addition to THE 
ALL, both thoughts being an absurdity. 
Is there no third way in which MAN 
creates! Yes, there is— he CREATES 
MENTALLY! And in so doing he uses 
no outside materials, nor does he repro- 
duce himself, and yet his Spirit pervades 
the Mental Creation. 

Following the Principle of Correspond- 
ence, we are justified in considering that 
THE ALL creates the Universe MEN- 
TALLY, in a manner akin to the process 
whereby Man creates Mental Lnages. And, 
here is where the report of Reason tallies 
precisely with the report of the Illumined, 
as shown by their teachings and writings. 
Such are the teachings of the Wise Men. 
Such was the Teaching of Hermes. 

THE ALL can create in no other way 
except mentally, without either using mate- 
rial (and there is none to use), or else 

70 The Kyhalion 

reproducing itself (which is also impos- 
sible). There is no escape from this con- 
clusion of the Beason, which, as we have 
said, agrees with the highest teachings of 
the Illumined. Just as you, student, may 
create a Universe of your own in your 
mentality, so does THE ALL create Uni- 
verses in its own Mentality. But your 
Universe is the mental creation of a Finite 
Mind, whereas that of THE ALL is the 
creation of an Infinite. The two are simi- 
lar in kind, but infinitely different in de- 
gree. We shall examine more closely into 
the process of creation and manifestation, 
as we proceed. But this is the point to 
fix in your minds at this stage : THE UNI- 
Verily, indeed, ALL IS MIND! 

''THE ALL creates in its Infinite Mind countless 
Universes, which exist for aeons of Time — and yet, to 
THE ALL, the creation, development, decline and death 
of a million Universes is as the time of the twinkling 
of an eye." — The Kyhalion, 

''The Infinite Mind of THE ALL is the womb of 
Universes. * ' — The Kyhalion, 

The Mental Universe 71 

The Principle of Gtender (see Lesson I. 
and other lessons to follow) is manifested 
on all planes of life, material, mental and 
spiritual. But, as we have said before, 
**(Jender*' does not mean **Sex*^ — sex is 
merely a material manifestation of gender. 
** Gender*^ means ** relating to generation 
or creation/* And wherever anything is 
generated or created, on any plane, the 
Principle of Gtender must be manifested. 
And this is true even in the creation of 

Now do not jump to the conclusion that 
we are teaching that there is a male and 
female God, or Creator. That idea is 
merely a distortion of the ancient teach- 
ings on the subject. The true teaching is 
that THE ALL, in itself, is above Gender, 
as it is above every other Law, including 
those of Time and Space. It is the Law, 
from which the Laws proceed, and it is. not 
subject to them. But when THE ALL 
manifests on the plane of generation or 
creation, then it acts according to Law and 
Principle, for it is moving on a lower plane 

72 The Kyhalion 

of Being. And consequently it manifests 
the Principle of Gender, in its Masculine 
and Feminine aspects, on the Mental Plane, 
of course. 

This idea may seem startling to some of 
you who hear it for the first time, but you 
have all really passively accepted it in 
your everyday conceptions. You speak 
of the Fatherhood of Gk>d, and the Mother- 
hood of Nature— of God, the Divine 
Father, and Nature the Universal Mother 
— ^and have thus instinctively acknowledged 
the Principle of Gender in the Universe. 
Is this not so T 

But, the Hermetic teaching does not im- 
ply a real duality— THE ALL is ONE— 
the Two Aspects are merely aspects of 
manifestation. The teaching is that The 
Masculine Principle manifested by THE 
ALL stands, in a way, apart from the 
actual mental creation of the Universe. It 
projects its Will toward the Feminine 
Principle (which may be called **Nature'0 
whereupon the latter begins the actual 
work of the evolution of the Universe, from 

The Mental Universe 73 

simple '^centres of activity*' on to man, 
and then on and on still higher, all accord- 
ing to well-established and firmly enforced 
Laws of Nature. If you prefer the old 
figures of thought, you may think of the 
Masculine Principle as GOD, the Father, 
and of the Feminine Principle as NA- 
TUEE, the Universal Mother, from whose 
womb all things have been bom. This is 
more than a mere poetic figure of speech 
— ^it is an idea of the actual process of the 
creation of the Universe. But always re- 
member, that THE ALL is but One, and 
that in its Infinite Mind the Universe is 
generated, created and exists. 

It may help you to get the proper idea, 
if you will apply the Law of Correspond- 
ence to yourself, and your own mind. You 
know that the part of You which you call 
'^I, -' in a sense, stands apart and witnesses 
the creation of Mental Images in your own 
mind. The part of your mind in which the 
mental generation is accomplished may be 
called the **Me'' in distinction from the 
*^V^ which stands apart and witnesses and 

74 The Kybalion 

examines the thoughts, ideas and images of 
the * * Me. * ' * * As above, so below, ' * remem- 
ber, and the phenomena of one plane may 
be employed to solve the riddles of higher 
or lower planes. 

Is it any wonder that You, tl^e child, feel 
that instinctive reverence for THE ALL, 
which feeling we call ** religion^* — ^that re- 
spect, and reverence for THE FATHER 
MINDT Is it any wonder that, when you 
consider the works and wonders of Nature, 
you are overcome with a mighty feel- 
ing which has its roots away down in your 
inmost being! It is the MOTHER MIND 
that you are pressing close up to, like a 
babe to the breast. 

Do not make the mistake of supposing 
that the little world you see around you — 
the Earth, which is a mere grain of dust in 
the Universe — ^is the Universe itself. There 
are millions upon millions of such worlds, 
and greater. And there are millions of 
millions of such Universes in existence 
within the Infinite Mind of THE ALL. 
And even in our own little solar system 

The Mental Universe 75 

there are regions and planes of life far 
higher than ours, and beings compared to 
which we earth-bound mortals are as the 
slimy life-forms that dwell on the ocean's 
bed when compared to Man. There are be- 
ings with powers and attributes higher 
than Man has ever dreamed of the gods' 
possessing. And yet these beings were 
once as you, and still lower — and you will 
be even as they, and still higher, in time, 
for such is the Destiny of Man as reported 
by the Illumined. 

And Death is not real, even in the Rela- 
tive sense — ^it is but Birth to a new life — 
and Ton shall go on, and on, and on, to 
higher and still higher planes of life, for 
aeons upon aeons of time. The Universe 
is your home, and you shall explore its 
farthest recesses before the end of Time. 
You are dwelling in the Infinite Mind of 
THE ALL, and your possibilities and op- 
portunities are infinite, both in time and 
space. And at the end of the Grand Cycle 
of Aeons, when THE ALL shall draw back 
into itself all of its creations — ^you will go 

76 The Kyhalion 

gladly, for you will then be able to know 
the Whole Truth of being At One with 
THE ALL. Such is the report of the 
Illumined — those who have advanced well 
along The Path. 

Andy in the meantime, rest calm and 
serene— you are safe and protected by the 
Infinite Power of the FATHER-MOTHER 

''WtthiB the Father-Mother Mind, mortal children are 
at home." — T\e Kybalion. 

''There is not one who is Fatherless, nor Motherless 
in the Uniyerse."— r%« Kybaiion. 


The Divtnb Paradox. 

' * The half -wise, recognizing the comparative unreality 
of the Universe, imagine that they may defy its Laws — 
sneh are vain and presumptuous fools, and they are 
broken against the rocks and torn asunder by the ele- 
ments by reason of their folly. The truly wise, know- 
ing the nature of the Universe, use Law against laws; 
the higher against the lower ; and by the Art of Alchemy 
transmute that which is undesirable into that which is 
worthy, and thus triumph. Mastery consists not in ab- 
normal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or liv- 
ing, but in using the higher forces against the lower — 
escaping the pains of the lower planes by vibrating on 
the hi^er. Transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is 
the weapon of the Master. '' — The Kyhalion. 

This is the Paradox of the Universe, 
resulting from the Principle of Polarity 
which manifests when THE ALL begins 
to Create — ^hearken to it for it points the 
difference between half-wisdom and wis- 
dom. While to THE INFINITE ALL, 
the Universe, its Laws, its Powers, its 
life, its Phenomena, are as things wit- 

78 The Kyhalion 

nessed in the state of Meditation or 
Dream; yet to all that is Finite, the Uni- 
verse must be treated as Beal, and life, 
and action, and thought, must be based 
thereupon, accordingly, although with an 
ever understanding of the Higher Truth. 
Each according to its own Plane and Laws. 
Were THE ALL to imagine that the Uni- 
verse were indeed Reality, then woe to the 
Universe, for there would be then no es- 
cape from lower to higher, divineward — 
then would the Universe become a fixity 
and progress would become impossible. 
And if Man, owing to half -wisdom, acts 
and lives and thinks of the Universe as 
merely a dream (akin to his own finite 
dreams) then indeed does it so become for 
him, and like a sleep-walker he stumbles 
ever around and around in a circle, making 
no progress, and being forced into an 
awakening at last by his falling bruised 
and bleeding over the Natural Laws which 
he ignored. Keep your mind ever on the 
Star, but let your eyes watch over your 
footsteps, lest you fall into the mire by 

The Divine Paradox 79 

reason of your upward gaze. Remember 
the Divine Paradox, that while the Uni- 
verse IS NOT, still IT IS. Eemember ever 
the Two Poles of Truth — ^the Absolute and 
the Eelative. Beware of Half -Truths. 

What Hermetists know as **the Law of 
Paradox^ ^ is an aspect of the Principle of 
Polarity. The Hermetic writings are filled 
with references to the appearance of the 
Paradox in the consideration of the prob- 
lems of Life and Being. The Teachers are 
constantly warning their students against 
the error of omitting the ** other side** of 
any question. And their warnings are 
particularly directed to the problems of 
the Absolute and the Eelative, which per- 
plex all students of philosophy, and which 
cause so many to think and act contrary to 
what is generally known as '^common 
sense." And we caution all students to be 
sure to grasp the Divine Paradox of the 
Absolute and Belative, lest they become en- 
tangled in the mire of the Half-Truth. 
With this in view this particular lesson has 
been written. Bead it carefully! 

80 The Kyhalion 

The first thought that comes to the think- 
ing man after he realizes the truth that the 
Universe is a Mental Creation of THE 
ALL, is that the Universe and all that it 
contains is a mere illusion; an unreality; 
against which idea his instincts revolt 
But this, like all other great truths, must 
be considered both from the Absolute and 
the Relative points of view. From the 
Absolute viewpoint, of course, the Uni- 
verse is in the nature of an illusion, a 
dream, a phantasmagoria, as compared to 
THE ALL in itself. We recognize this 
even in our ordinary view, for we speak 
of the world as **a fleeting show'* that 
comes and goes, is bom and dies — ^for the 
element of impermanence and change, 
finiteness and unsubstantiality, must ever 
be connected with the idea of a created Uni- 
verse when it is contrasted with the idea 
of THE ALL, no matter what may be our 
beliefs concerning the nature of both. 
Philosopher, metaphysician, scientist and 
theologian all agree upon this idea, and 
the thought is found in all forms of philo- 

The Divine Paradox 81 

sophical thought and religious conceptions, 
as well as in the theories of the respective 
schools of metaphysics and theology. 

So, the Hermetic Teachings do not 
preach the nnsubstantiality of the Universe 
in any stronger terms than those more 
familiar to yon, although their presenta- 
tion of the subject may seem somewhat 
more startling. Anything that has a be- 
ginning and an ending must be, in a sense, 
unreal and untrue, and the Universe comes 
under the rule, in all schools of thought. 
From the Absolute point of view, there is 
nothing Real except THE ALL, no matter 
what terms we may use in thinking of, or 
discussing the subject. Whether the Uni- 
verse be created of Matter, or whether it 
be a Mental Creation in the Mind of THE 
ALL — ^it is unsubstantial, non-enduring, a 
thing of time, space and change. We want 
you to realize this fact thoroughly, before 
you pass judgment on the Hermetic con- 
ception of the Mental nature of the Uni- 
verse. Think over any and all of the other 

82 The KybaUon 

conceptions, and see whether this be not 
true of them. 

But the Absolute point of view shows 
merely one side of the picture — ^the other 
side is the Eelative one. Absolute Truth 
has been defined as ** Things as the mind 
of God knows them/' while Eelative Truth 
is ^^ Things as the highest reason of Man 
understands them. ' ' And so while to THE 
ALL the Universe must be unreal and 
illusionary, a mere dream or result of 
meditation — ^nevertheless, to the finite 
minds forming a part of that Universe, 
and viewing it through mortal faculties, 
the Universe is very real indeed, and must 
be so considered. In recognizing the Ab- 
solute view, we must not make the mistake 
of ignoring or denying the facts and phe- 
nomena of the Universe as they present 
themselves to our mortal faculties — we are 
not THE ALL, remember. 

To take familiar illustrations, we all 
recognize the fact that Matter ** exists*' to 
our senses — we will fare badly if we do 
not. And yet, even our finite minds under- 

The Divine Paradox 83 

stand the scientific dictum that there is no 
such thing as Matter from a scientific point 
of view — that which we call Matter is held 
to be merely an aggregation of atoms^ 
which atoms themselves are merely a 
grouping of units of force, called electrons 
or **ions,^* vibrating and in constant cir- 
cular motion. We kick a stone and we feel 
the impact — ^it seems to be real, notwith- 
standing that we know it to be merely what 
we have stated above. But remember that 
our foot, which feels the impact by means 
of our brains, is likewise Matter, so con- 
stituted of electrons, and for that matter 
so are our brains. And, at the best, if it 
were not by reason of our Mind, we would 
not know the foot or stone at all. 

Then again, the ideal of the artist or 
sculptor, which he is endeavoring to re- 
produce in stone or on canvas, seems very 
real to him. So do the characters in the 
mind of the author, or dramatist, which 
he seeks to express so that others may rec- 
ognize them. And if this be true in the 
case of our finite minds, what must be the 

84 The Kyhalion 

degree of Beality in the Mental Images 
created in the Mind of the Infinite? Oh, 
friends, to mortals this Universe of Men- 
tality is very real indeed — ^it is the only 
one we can ever know, though we rise from 
plane to plane, higher and higher in it. 
To know it otherwise, by actual experience, 
we must be THE ALL itself. It is true 
that the higher we rise in the scale — ^the 
nearer to *'the mind of the Father*' we 
reach — the more apparent becomes the il- 
lusory nature of finite things, but not until 
THE ALL finally withdraws us into itself 
does the vision actually vanish. 

So, we need not dwell upon the feature 
of illusion. Bather let us, recognizing the 
real nature of the Universe, seek to under- 
stand its mental laws, and endeavor to use 
them to the best effect in our upward prog- 
ress through life, as we travel from plane 
to plane of being. The Laws of the Uni- 
verse are none the less **Iron Laws'* be- 
cause of the mental nature. All, except 
THE ALL, are bound by them. What is 

The Divine Paradox 85 

is REAL in a degree second only to that 
Reality itself which is vested in the nature 
of THE ALL. 

So, do not feel insecure or afraid — we 
ITE MIND OF THE ALL, and there is 
naught to hurt us or for us to f ear. There 
is no Power outside of THE ALL to affect 
us. So we may rest calm and secure. 
There is a world of comfort and security 
in this realization when once attained. 
Then **calm and peaceful do we sleep, 
rocked in the Cradle of the Deep** — rest- 
ing safely on the bosom of the Ocean of 
Infinite Mind, which is THE ALL. In 
THE ALL, indeed, do **we live and move 
and have our being.** 

Matter is none the less Matter to us, 
while we dwell on the plane of Matter, al- 
though we know it to be merely an aggre- 
(^ation of ** electrons,** or particles of 
Force, vibrating rapidly and gyrating 
around each other in the formations of 
atoms; the atoms in turn vibrating and 
gyrating, forming molecules, which latter 

86 The Kyhalion 

in turn form larger masses of Matter. 
Nor does Matter become less Matter, when 
we follow the inquiry atill further, and 
learn from the Hermetic Teachings, that 
the ** Force ^* of which the electrons are 
but units is merely a manifestation of the 
Mind of THE ALL, and like all else in the 
Universe is purely Mental in its nature. 
While on the Plane of Matter, we must 
recognize its phenomena — ^we may control 
Matter (as all Masters of higher or lesser 
degree do), but we do so by applying the 
higher forces. We commit a folly when 
we attempt to deny the existence of Matter 
in the relative aspect. We may deny its 
mastery over us — and rightly so — ^but we 
should not attempt to ignore it in its rela- 
tive aspect, at least so long as we dwell 
upon its plane. 

Nor do the Laws of Nature become less 
constant or effective, when we know them, 
likewise, to be merely mental creations. 
They are in full effect on the various planes. 
We overcome the lower laws, by applying 
still higher ones — and in this way only. 

The Divine Paradox 87 

But we cannot escape Law or rise above it 
entirely. Nothing but THE ALL can es- 
cape Law — and that because THE ALL is 
LAW itself, from which all Laws emerge. 
The most advanced Masters may acquire 
the powers usually attributed to the gods 
of men; and there are countless ranks of 
being, in the great hierarchy of life, whose 
being and power transcends even that of 
the highest Masters among men to a de- 
gree unthinkable by mortals, but even the 
highest Master, and the highest Being, 
must bow to the Law, and be as Nothing in 
the eye of THE ALL. So that if even 
these highest Beings, whose powers exceed 
even those attributed by men to their gods 
— if even these are bound by and are sub- 
servient to Law, then imagine the pre- 
sumption of mortal man, of our race and 
grade, when he dares to consider the Laws 
of Nature as ** unreal,** visionary and 
illusory, because he happens to be able to 
grasp the truth that the Laws are Mental 
in nature, and simply Mental Creations 
of THE ALL. Those Laws which THE 

88 The Kyhalxon 

ALL intends to be governing Laws are not 
to be defied or argaed away. So long as 
the Universe endures, will they endure — 
for the Universe exists by virtue of these 
Laws which form its framework and which 
hold it together. 

The Hermetic Principle of Mentalism, 
while explaining the true nature of the 
Universe upon the principle that all is 
Mental, does not change the scientific con- 
ceptions of the Universe, Life, or Evolu- 
tion. In fact, science merely corroborates 
the Hermetic Teachings. The latter merely 
teaches that the nature of the Universe is 
* * Mental, ' * while modem science has taught 
that it is ** Material**; or (of late) that it 
is ** Energy** at the last analysis. The 
Hermetic Teachings have no fault to find 
with Herbert Spencer *s basic principle 
which postulates the existence of an **Li- 
finite and Eternal Energy, from which all 
things proceed.** In fact, the Hermetics 
recognize in Spencer *8 philosophy the high- 
est outside statement of the workings of 
the Natural Laws that have ever been pro- 

The Divine Paradox 89 

mulgated, and they believe Spencer to have 
been a reincarnation of an ancient philoso- 
pher who dwelt in ancient Egypt thousands 
of years ago, and who later incarnated as 
Heraclitus, the Grecian philosopher who 
lived B. C. 500. And they regard his state- 
ment of the ** Infinite and Eternal Energy" 
as directly in the line of the Hermetic 
Teachings, always with the addition of 
their own doctrine that his ** Energy'* is 
the Energy of the Mind of THE ALL. 
With the Master-Key of the Hermetic 
Philosophy, the student of Spencer will be 
able to unlock many doors of the inner 
philosophical conceptions of the great 
English philosopher, whose work shows the 
results of the preparation of his previous 
incarnations. His teachings regarding 
Evolution and Rhythm are in almost per- 
fect agreement with the Hermetic Teach- 
ings regarding the Principle of Rhythm. 

So, the student of Hermetics need not 
lay aside any of his cherished scientific 
views regarding the Universe. All he is 
asked to do is to grasp the underlying prin- 

90 The Kyhalion 

ciple of * * THE ALL is Mind ; the Universe 
is Mental— held in the Mind of THE 
ALL/* He will find that the other six of 
the Seven Principles will **fit into'* his 
scientific knowledge, and will serve to bring 
out obscure points and to throw light in 
dark comers. This is not to be wondered 
at, when we realize the influence of the 
Hermetic thought on the early philoso- 
phers of Greece, upon whose foundations 
of thought the theories of modem science 
largely rest. The acceptance of the First 
Hermetic Principle (Mentalism) is the 
only great point of difference between 
Modem Science and Hermetic students, 
and Science is gradually moving toward 
the Hermetic position in its groping in the 
dark for a way out of the Labyrinth into 
which it has wandered in its search for 

The purpose of this lesson is to impress 
upon the minds of our students the fact 
that, to all intents and purposes, the Uni- 
verse and its laws, and its phenomena, are 
just as REAL, so far as Man is concerned. 

The Divine Paradox 91 

as they wonld be tinder the hypotheses of 
Materialism or Energism. Under any 
hypothesis the Universe in its outer aspect 
is changmgy ever-flowing, and transitory — 
and therefore devoid of substantiality and 
reality. But (note the other pole of the 
truth) under any of the same hypotheses, 
we are compelled to ACT AND LIVE as 
if the fleeting things were real and sub- 
stantial. With this difference, always, be- 
tween the various hypotheses — ^that under 
the old views Mental Power was ignored 
as a Natural Force, while under Mentalism 
it becomes the Greatest Natural Force. 
And this one difference revolutionizes Life, 
to those who understand the Principle and 
its resulting laws and practice. 

So, finally, students all, grasp the ad- 
vantage of Mentalism, and learn to know, 
use and apply the laws resulting there- 
from. But do not yield to the temptation 
which, as The Kybalion states, overcomes 
the half -wise and which causes them to be 
hypnotized by the apparent unreality of 
things, the consequence being that they 

92 The KyhaHon 

wander about like dream-people dwelling 
in a world of dreams, ignoring the prac- 
tical work and life of man, the end being 
that **they are broken against the rocks 
and torn asunder by the elements, by reason 
of their folly. ' * Rather follow the example 
of the wise, which the same- authority 
states, ' ' use Law against Laws ; the higher 
against the lower; and by the Art of 
Alchemy transmute that which is unde- 
sirable into that which is worthy, and thus 
triumph/* Following the authority, let us 
avoid the half-wisdom (which is folly) 
which ignores the truth that: ** Mastery 
consists not in abnormal dreams, visions, 
and fantastic imaginings or living, but in 
using the higher forces against the lower — 
escaping the pains of the lower planes by 
vibrating on the higher/* Remember al- 
ways, student, that ** Transmutation, not 
presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the 
Master/' The above quotations are from 
The Kybalion, and are worthy of being 
committed to memory by the student. 
We do not live in a world of dreams, but 

The Divine Paradox 93 

in an Universe which, while relative, is real 
so far as our lives and actions are con- 
cerned. Onr business in the Universe is 
not to deny its existence, but to LIVE, 
using the Laws to rise from lower to higher 
— ^living on, doing the best that we can 
under the circumstances arising each day, 
and living, so far as is possible, to our 
highest ideas and ideals. The true Mean- 
ing of Life is not known to men on this 
plane — ^if, indeed, to any — ^but the highest 
authorities, and our own intuitions, teach 
us that we will make no mistake in living 
up to the best that is in us, so far as is 
possible, and realizing the Universal ten- 
dency in the same direction in spite of 
apparent evidences to the contrary. We 
are all on The Path — and the road leads 
upward ever, with frequent resting places. 
Read the Message of The Kybalion— and 
follow the example of '*the wise''— avoid- 
ing the mistake of '*the half-wise'' who 
perish by reason of their folly. 


**The All'^in All. 

''While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that 
THE ALL is in All. To him who truly understands this 
truth hath come great knowledge." — The Kyhalion, 

How often have the majority of people 
heard repeated the statement that their 
Deity (called by many names) was **A11 in 
All,^' and how little have they suspected 
the inner occult truth concealed by these 
carelessly uttered words I The commonly 
used expression is a survival of the ancient 
Hermetic Maxim quoted above. As the 
Kybalion says : * * To him who truly under- 
stands this truth, hath come great knowl- 
edge." And, this being so, let us seek this 
truth, the understanding of which means 
so much. In this statement of truth — this 
Hermetic Maxim — is concealed one of the 


96 The Kybalion 

greatest philosophical, sdoitific and re- 
ligious truths. 

We have given you the Hermetic Teach- 
ing r^;arding the Mental Nature of the 
Universe — ^the truth that ''the Universe is 
Mental— held in the Mind of THE ALL." 
As the Kybalion says, in the passage 
quoted above: **AU is in THE ALL." 
But note also the co-related statement, 
that: '*It is equally true that THE ALL is 
in ALL." This apparently contradictory 
statement is reconcilable under the Law of 
Paradox. It is, moreover, an exact Her- 
metic statement of the relations existing 
between THE ALL and its Mental Uni- 
verse. We have seen how "All is in THE 
ALL" — ^now let us examine the other 
aspect of the subject. 

The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect 
that THE ALL is Lnminent in (''remain- 
ing within; inherent; abiding within") its 
Universe, and in every part, particle, unit, 
or combination, within the Universe. This 
statement is usually illustrated by the 
Teachers by a reference to the Principle 

''The AW in All 97 

of Correspondence. The Teacher instructs 
the student to form a Mental Image of 
something, a person, an idea, something 
having a mental form, the favorite example 
being that of the author or dramatist form- 
ing an idea of his characters ; or a painter 
or sculptor forming an image of an ideal 
that he wishes to express by his art. In 
each case, the student will find that while 
the image has its existence, and being, 
solely within his own mind, yet he, the 
student, author, dramatist, painter, or 
sculptor, is, in a sense, immanent in; re- 
maining within; or abiding within, the 
mental image also. In other words, the 
entire virtue, life, spirit, of reality in the 
mental image is derived from the ^^ imma- 
nent mind'' of the thinker. Consider this 
for a moment, until the idea is grasped. 

To take a modern example, let us say 
that Othello, lago, Hamlet, Lear, Richard 
m, existed merely in the mind of Shakes- 
peare, at the time of their conception or 
creation. And yet, Shakespeare also 
existed within each of these characters, 

98 The Kyhalion 

giving them their vitality, spirit, and 
action. Whose is the * * spirit * * of the char- 
acters that we know as Micawber, Oliver 
Twist, Uriah Heep— is it Dickens, or have 
each of these characters a personal spirit, 
independent of their creator? Have the 
Venus of Medici, the Sistine Madonna, the 
AppoUo Belvidere, spirits and reality of 
their own, or do tiiey represent the spir- 
itual and mental power of their creators! 
The Law of Paradox explains that both 
propositions are true, viewed from the 
proper viewpoints. Micawber is both 
Micawber, and yet Dickens. And, again, 
while Micawber may be said to be Dickens, 
yet Dickens is not identical with Micawber. 
Man, like Micawber, may exclaim: **The 
Spirit of my Creator is inherent within me 
— and yet I am not HE I'' How different 
this from the shocking half-truth so vocif- 
erously announced by certain of the half- 
wise, who fill the air with their raucous 
cries of: *'I Am Godl*^ Imagine poor 
Micawber, or the sneaky Uriah Heep, cry- 
ing: '*I Am Dickens**; or some of the 

''The AW hi All 99 

lowly clods in one of Shakespeare's plays, 
grandiloquently announcing that: **I Am 
Shakespeare!" THE ALL is in the 
earth-worm, and yet the earth-worm is far 
from being THE ALL. And still the 
wonder remains, that though the earth- 
worm exists merely as a lowly thing, 
created and having its being solely within 
the Mind of THE ALI^yet THE ALL is 
immanent in the earth-worm, and in the 
particles that go to make up the earth- 
worm. Can there be any greater mystery 
than this of ''All in THE ALL; and THE 
ALL in AH?'' 

The student will, of course, realize that 
the illustrations given above are neces- 
sarily imperfect and inadequate, for they 
represent the creation of mental images in 
finite minds, while the Universe is a crea- 
tion of Infinite Mind — and the difference 
between the two poles separates them. 
And yet it is merely a matter of degree — 
the same Principle is in operation — the 
Principle of Correspondence manifests *i* 

100 The Kybalion 

each — ^^As above, so Below; as Below, so 

And, in the degree that Man realizes the 
existence of the Indwelling Spirit imma- 
nent within his being, so will he rise in the 
spiritual scale of life. This is what spir- 
itual development means — ^the recognition, 
realization, and manifestation of the Spirit 
within us. Try to remember this last 
definition — that of spiritual development. 
It contains the Truth of True Beligion. 

There are many planes of Being— many 
sub-planes of Life — ^many degrees of exist- 
ence in the Universe. And all depend upon 
the advancement of beings in the scale, of 
which scale the lowest point is the grossest 
matter, the highest being separated only 
by the thinnest division from the SPIRIT 
of THE ALL. And, upward and onward 
along this Scale of Life, everything is 
moving. All are on the Path, whose end 
is THE ALL. All progress is a Betuming 
Home. All is Upward and Onward, in 
spite of all seemingly contradictory ap- 

'"I^hetdJl': in All 101 

pearances. Such is the Mess&g^*6£ tia^f 

The Hermetic Teachings concerning the 
process of the Mental Creation of the 
Universe, are that at the beginning of the 
Creative Cycle, THE ALL, in its aspect 
of ** Being,*' projects its Will toward its 
aspect of ** Becoming,'* and the process of 
creation begins. It is taught that the 
process consists of the lowering of Vibra- 
tion until a very low degree of vibratory 
energy is reached, at which point the 
grossest possible form of Matter is mani- 
fested. This process is called the stage of 
Involution, in which THE ALL becomes 
** involved,'' or ** wrapped up," in its crea- 
tion. This process is believed by the Her- 
metists to have a Correspondence to the 
mental process of an artist, writer, or 
inventor, who becomes so wrapped up in 
his mental creation as to almost forget his 
own existence and who, for the time being, 
almost ** lives in his creation." If instead 
of ** wrapped" we use the word **rapt," 

102 The Kyhalian 

perhaps we will give a better idea of what 
is meant. 

This Involuntary stage of Creation is 
sometimes called the ** Outpouring *' of the 
Divine Energy, just as the Evolutionary 
state is called the **Indrawing.*' The 
extreme pole of the Creative process is 
considered to be the furthest removed from 
THE ALL, while the beginning of the 
Evolutionary stage is regarded as the 
beginning of the return swing of the pen- 
dulum of Rhythm — a ** coming home'* idea 
being held in all of the Hermetic Teach- 

The Teachings are that during the ** Out- 
pouring, '* the vibrations become lower and 
lower until finally the urge ceases, and the 
return swing begins. But there is this dif- 
ference, that while in the ** Outpouring' ' 
the creative forces manifest compactly and 
as a whole, yet from the beginning of the 
Evolutionary or **Indrawing*' stage, there 
is manifested the Law of Individualization 
— that is, the tendency to separate into 
Units of Force, so that finally that which 

''The AU" in AU 103 

left THE ALL as unindividualized energy 
returns to its source as countless highly 
developed Units of Life, having risen 
higher and higher in the scale by means 
of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Evolu- 

The ancient Hermetists use the word 
** Meditation/' in describing the process 
of the mental creation of the Universe in 
the Mind of THE ALL, the word **Con. 
templation*' also being frequently em- 
ployed. But the idea intended seems to be 
that of the employment of the Divine 
Attention. * * Attention * * is a word derived 
from the Latin root, meaning ^Ho reach 
out; to stretch out,'* and so the act of 
Attention is really a mental ** reaching 
out; extension** of mental energy, so that 
the underlying idea is readily understood 
when we examine into the real meaning of 

The Hermetic Teachings regarding the 
process of Evolution are that, THE ALL, 
having meditated upon the begmning of 
the Creation — ^having thus established the 

104 The KyhaUon 

material foundations of the Universe — 
having thought it into existence— then 
gradually awakens or rouses from its 
Meditation and in so doing starts into 
manifestation the process of Evolution, on 
the material, mental and spiritual planes, 
successively and in order. Thus the up- 
ward movement begins — and all begins to 
move Spiritward. Matter becomes less 
gross; the Units spring into being; the 
combinations begin to form; Life appears 
and manifests in higher and higher forms; 
and Mind becomes more and more in evi- 
dence — the vibrations constantly becoming 
higher. In short, the entire process of 
Evolution, in all of its phases, begins, and 
proceeds according to the established Laws 
of the **Indrawing'' process. All of this 
occupies aeons upon aeons of Man's time, 
each aeon containing countless millions of 
years, but yet the Illumined inform us that 
the entire creation, including Involution 
and Evolution, of an Universe, is but "as 
the twinkle of the eye'' to THE ALL. At 
the end of countless cycles of aeons of tiih%, 

''The All" in All 105 

THE ALL withdraws its Attention — ^its 
Contemplation and Meditation — of the 
Universe, for the Great Work is finished — 
and All is withdrawn into THE ALL 
from which it emerged. But Mystery of 
Mysteries — the Spirit of each soul is not 
annihilated, but is infinitely expanded — the 
Created and the Creator are merged. Such 
is the report of the Illumined ! 

The above illustration of the ** medita- 
tion,'* and subsequent ** awakening from 
meditation,'* of THE ALL, is of course 
but an attempt of the Teachers to describe 
the Infinite process by a finite example. 
And, yet: **As Below, so Above." The 
difference is merely in degree. And just 
as THE ALL arouses itself from the medi- 
tation upon the Universe, so does Man (in 
time) cease from manifesting upon the 
Material Plane, and withdraws himself 
more and more into the Indwelling Spirit, 
which is indeed **The Divine Ego." 

There is one more matter of which we 
desire to speak in this lesson, and that 
comes very near to an invasion of the 

106 The Kyhalion 

Metaphysical field of speculation, although 
our purpose is merely to show the futility 
of such speculation. We allude to the 
question which inevitably comes to the 
mind of all thinkers who have ventured to 
seek the Truth. The question is : **WHY 
does THE ALL create Universes !'' The 
question may be asked in different forms, 
but the above is the gist of the inquiry. 

Men have striven hard to answer this 
question, but still there is no answer 
worthy of the name. Some have imagined 
that THE ALL had something to gain by 
it, but this is absurd, for what could THE 
ALL gain that it did not already possess! 
Others have sought the answer in the idea 
that THE ALL *' wished something to 
love;'* and others that it created for pleas- 
ure, or amusement; or because it **was 
lonely*'; or to manifest its power; — ^all 
puerile explanations and ideas, belonging 
to the childish period of thought. 

Others have sought to explain the 
mystery by assuming that THE ALL 
found itself ** compelled'* to create, by 

''The AlV in All 107 

reason of its own ** internal nature ^^ — ^its 
** creative instinct.'* This idea is in ad- 
vance of the others, but its weak point lies 
in- the idea of THE ALL being *' com- 
pelled '* by anything, internal or external. 
K its ** internal nature,'* or ** creative in- 
stinct,** compelled it to do anything, then 
the ** internal nature** or ** creative in- 
stinct** would be the Absolute, instead of 
THE ALL, and so accordingly that part 
of the proposition falls. And, yet, THE 
ALL does create and manifest, and seems 
to find some kind of satisfaction in so 
doing. And it is difficult to escape the 
conclusion that in some infinite degree it 
must have what would correspond to an 
** inner nature,** or ** creative instinct,** in 
man, with correspondingly infinite Desire 
and Will. It could not act unless it Willed 
to Act ; and it would not Will to Act, unless 
it Desired to Act; and it would not Desire 
to Act unless it obtained some Satisfaction 
thereby.' And all of these things would 
belong to an ** Inner Nature,** and might 
be postulated as existing according to the 

106 The Kphalion 

Law of Correspondence. Bnt, still, we 
prefer to think of THE ALL as acting 
entirely FREE from any inflaence, in- 
ternal as well as extem^d. That is the 
problem which lies at the root of difficulty 
— ^and the difficulty that lies at the root of 
the problem. 

Strictly speaking, there cannot be said 
to be any **Eeason" whatsoever for THE 
ALL to act, for a ^'reason'' implies a 
**cause,*' and THE ALL is above Cause 
and Effect, except when it Wills to become 
a Cause, at which time the Principle is set 
into motion. So, you see, the matter is 
Unthinkable, just as THE ALL is Un- 
knowable. Just as we say THE ALL 
merely **IS'' — so we are compelled to say 
ACTS/' At the last, THE ALL is All 
Beason in Itself; All Law in Itself; All 
Action in Itself — and it may be said, truth- 
fully, that THE ALL is Its Own Beason; 
its own Law; its own Act — or still further, 
that THE ALL; Its Beason; Its Act; is . 
Law; are ONE, all being names for the 

''The All" in All 109 

same thing. In the opinion of those who 
are giving you these present lessons, the 
answer is locked up in INNEB SELF of 
THE ALL, along with its Secret of Being. 
The Law of Correspondence, in our opin- 
ion, reaches only to that aspect of THE 
ALL, which may be spoken of as **The 
Aspect of BECOMING.'^ Back of that 
Aspect is **The Aspect of BEING,'' in 
which all Laws are lost in LAW; all Prin- 
ciples merge into PBINCIPLE-^and THE 
Therefore, Metaphysical speculation on 
this point is futile. We go into the matter 
here, merely to show that we recognize the 
question, and also the absurdity of the 
ordinary answers of metaphysics and 

In conclusion, it may be of interest to 
our students to learn that while some of 
the ancient, and modem. Hermetic Teach- 
ers have rather inclined in the direction of 
applying the Principle of Correspondence 
to the question, with the result of the 

110 The Kybalion 

** Inner Nature*' conclusion, — still the 
legends have it that HEBMES, the Great, 
when asked this question by his advanced 
students, answered them by PRESSING 
saying not a word, indicating that there 
WAS NO ANSWER. But, then, he may 
have intended to apply the axiom of his 
philosophy, that: **The lips of Wisdom 
are closed, except to the ears of Under- 
standing,'* believing that even his ad- 
vanced students did not possess the Under- 
standing which entitled them to the Teach- 
ing. At any rate, if Hermes possessed the 
Secret, he failed to impart it, and so far as 
the world is concerned THE LIPS OF 
HERMES ARE CLOSED regarding it. 
And where the Great Hermes hesitated to 
speak, what mortal may dare to teach? 

But, remember, that whatever be the 
answer to this problem, if indeed there be 
an answer — the truth remains that: 
^* While All is in THE ALL, it is equally 
true that THE ALL is in All.'' The 
Teaching on this point is emphatic. And, 

''The All" in All 111 

we may add the concluding words of the 
quotation: **To him who truly under- 
stands this truth, hath come great knowl- 


The Planes of Cobbespondence. 

**Am above, 00 below; as below, so above." — The 

The g^eat Second Hermetic Principle 
embodies the truth that there is a har- 
mony, agreement, and correspondence be- 
tween the several planes of Manifestation, 
Life and Being. This truth is a truth be- 
cause all that is included in the Universe 
emanates from the same source, and the 
same laws, principles, and characteristics 
apply to each unit, or combination of units 
of activity, as each manifests its own phe- 
nomena upon its own plane. 

For the purpose of convenience of 
thought and study, the Hermetic Philoso- 
phy considers that the Universe may be 
divided into three great classes of phe- 


114 The KjfbaUam 

nemauLf known as the Three Great Hanes, 

L The Great Fhyaical Plane. 
IL The Great Mental Plane. 
nL The Great Spiritnal Plane. 

These divisions are more or less arti- 
ficial and arbitrary, for the trath is that 
all of the three divisions are but ascend- 
ing degrees of the great scale of Life, the 
lowest point of which is undifferentiated 
Matter, and the highest point that of 
Spirit. And, moreover, the different 
Planes shade into each other, so that no 
hard and fast division may be made be*- 
tween the higher phenomena of the Physi- 
cal and the lower of the Mental; or be- 
tween the higher of the Mental and the 
lower of the Physical. 

In short, the Three Great Planes may be 
regarded as three great groups of degrees 
of Life Manifestation. While the purposes 
of this little book do not allow us to enter 
into an extended discussion of, or explana- 

Planes of Correspondence 115 

tion of, the subject of these different 
planes, still we think it well to give a gen- 
eral description of the same at this point. 
At the beginning we may as well con- 
sider the question so often asked by the 
neophyte, who desires to be informed re- 
garding the meaning of the word ** Plane,'* 
which term has been very freely used, and 
very poorly explained, in many recent 
works upon the subject of occultism. The 
question is generally about as follows: 
^^Is a Plane a place having dimensions, or 
is it merely a condition or state f We 
answer: **No, not a place, nor ordinary 
dimension of space; and yet more than a 
state or condition. It may be considered 
as a state or condition, and yet the state 
or condition is a degree of dimension, in 
a scale subject to measurement." Some- 
what paradoxical, is it notf But let us 
examine the matter. A ** dimension,*' you 
know, is ^^a measure in a straight line, re- 
lating to measure,** etc. The ordinary 
dimensions of space are length, breadth, 
and height, or perhaps length, breadth, 

116 The Kyhalion 

height, thickness or circumference. But 
there is another dimension of ^^ created 
things,'' or ^^ measure in a straight line,'' 
known to occultists, and to scientists as 
well, although the latter have not as yet 
applied the term ** dimension" to it — ^and 
this new dimension, which, by the way, is 
the much speculated-about ** Fourth Di- 
mension," is the standard used in deter- 
mining the degrees or ** planes." 

This Fourth Dimension may be called 
**the Dimension of Vibration." It is a 
fact well known to modem science, as well 
as to the Hermetists who have embodied 
the truth in their ** Third Hermetic Prin- 
ciple," that ** everything is in motion; 
everything vibrates; nothing is at rest." 
From the highest manifestation, to the 
lowest, everything and all things Vibrate. 
Not only do they vibrate at different rates 
of motion, but as in different directions 
and in a different manner. The degrees of 
the **rate" of vibrations constitute the 
degrees of measurement on the Scale of 
Vibrations — ^in other words the degrees of 

Planes of Correspondence 117 

the Fourth Dimension. And these degrees 
form what occultists call *' Planes.*^ The 
higher the degree of rate of vibration, the 
higher the plane, and the higher the mani- 
festation of Life occupying that plane. So 
that while a plane is not **a place,'* nor 
yet **a state or condition,** yet it possesses 
qualities common to both. We shall have 
more to say regarding the subject of the 
scale of Vibrations in our next lessons, in 
which we shall consider the Hermetic Prin- 
ciple of Vibration. 

You will kindly remember, however, tiiat 
the Three Great Planes are not actual di- 
visions of the phenomena of the Universe, 
but merely arbitrary terms used by the 
Hermetists in order to aid in the thought 
and study of the various degrees and 
forms of universal activity and life. The 
atom of matter, the unit of force, the mind 
of man, and the being of the arch-angel are 
all but degrees in one scale, and all funda- 
mentally the same, the difference between 
solely a matter of degree, and rate of vi- 
bration — all are creations of THE ALL, 

118 The Kyhalion 

and have their existence solely within the 
Infinite Mind of THE ALL. 

The Hermetists sub-divide each of the 
Three Great Planes into Seven Minor 
Planes, and each of these latter are also 
sub-divided into seven sub-planes, all di- 
visions being more or less arbitrary, shad- 
ing into each other, and adopted merely 
for convenience of scientific study and 

The Great Physical Plane, and its Seven 
Minor Planes, is that division of the phe- 
nomena of the Universe which includes all 
that relates to physics, or material things, 
forces, and manifestations. It includes all 
forms of that which we call Matter, and 
all forms of that which we call Energy or 
Force. But you must remember that the 
Hermetic Philosophy does not recognize 
Matter as a *Hhing in itself,'* or as having 
a separate existence even in the Mind of 
THE ALL. The Teachings are that Mat- 
ter is but a form of Energy — ^that is. En- 
ergy at a low rate of vibrations of a cer- 
tain kind. And accordingly the Hermetists 

Planes of Correspondence 119 

classify Matter under the head of Energy, 
and give to it three of the Seven Minor 
Planes of the Great Physical Plane. 

These Seven Minor Physical Planes are 
as follows : 

I. The Plane of Matter (A). 

IL The Plane of Matter (B). 

m. The Plane of Matter (C). 

IV. The Plane of Ethereal Substance. 

V. The Plane of Energy (A). 

VI. The Plane of Energy (B). 

Vn. The Plane of Energy (C). 

The Plane of Matter (A) comprises the 
forms of Matter in its form of solids, 
liquids, and gases, as generally recognized 
by the text-books on physics. The Plane 
of Matter (B) comprises certain higher 
and more subtle forms of Matter of the 
existence of which modem science is but 
now recognizing, the phenomena of Radi- 
ant Matter, in its phases of radium, etc., 
belonging to the lower sub*division of liiis 
Minor Plane. The Plane of Matter (C) 

120 The Kybalion 

comprises forms of the most subtle and 
tenuous Matter, the existence of which is 
not suspected by ordinary scientists. The 
Plane of Ethereal Substance comprises that 
which science speaks of as **The Ether," 
it substance of extreme tenuity and elastic- 
ity, pervading all Universal Space, and 
acting as a medium for the transmission 
of waves of energy, such as light, heat, 
electricity, etc. This Ethereal Substance 
forms a connecting link between Matter 
(so-called) and Energy, and partakes of 
the nature of each. The Hermetic Teach- 
ings, however, instruct that this plane 
has seven sub-divisions (as have all of the 
Minor Planes), and that in fact there are 
seven ethers, instead of but one. 

Next above the Plane of Ethereal Sub- 
stance comes the Plane of Energy (A), 
which comprises the ordinary forms of 
Energy known to science, its seven sub- 
planes being, respectively. Heat; Light; 
Magnetism; Electricity, and Attraction 
(including Gravitation, Cohesion, Chemical 
AflSnity, etc.) and several other forms of 

Planes of Correspondence 121 

energy indicated by scientific experiments 
but not as yet named or classified. The 
Plane of Energy (B) comprises seven sub- 
planes of higher forms of energy not as 
yet discovered by science, but which have 
been called ** Nature's Finer Forces'' and 
which are called into operation in manifes- 
tations of certain forms of mental phenom- 
ena, and by which such phenomena becomes 
possible. The Plane of Energy (C) com- 
prises seven sub-planes of energy so highly 
organized that it bears many of the char- 
acteristics of **life," but which is not rec- 
ognized by the minds of men on the ordi- 
nary plane of development, being available 
for the use on beings of the Spiritual Plane 
alone — such energy is unthinkable to ordi- 
nary man, and may be considered almost as 
**the divine power.'* The beings employ- 
ing the same are as **gods" compared even 
to the highest human tjrpes known to us. 

The Great Mental Plane comprises those 
forms of ** living things** known to us in 
ordinary life, as well as certain other forms 
not so well known except to the occultist. 

122 The Kyhalion 

The classification of the Seven Minor 
Mental Planes is more or less satisfactory 
and arbitrary (unless accompanied by elab- 
orate explanations which are foreign to the 
purpose of this particular work), but we 
may as well mention them. They are as 
follows : 

I. The Plane of Mineral Mind. 
II, The Plane of Elemental Mind (A). 
m. The Plane of Plant Mind. 
IV. The Plane of Elemental Mind (B). 
V. The Plane of Animal Mind. 
VI. The Plane of Elemental Mind (C). 
Vn. The Plane of Human Mind. 

The Plane of Mineral Mind comprises 
the ** states or conditions'* of the units or 
entities, or groups and combinations of the 
same, which animate the forms known to 
us as ** minerals, chemicals, etc.'* These 
entities must not be confounded with the 
molecules, atoms and corpuscles them- 
(Selves, the latter being merely the material 
bodies or forms of these entities, just as a 

Planes of Correspondence 123 

man's body is but his material form and 
not ** himself These entities may be 
called ** souls" in one sense, and are living 
beings of a low degree of development, life, 
and mind — just a little more than the units 
of *' living energy'* which comprise the 
higher sub-divisions of the highest Phys- 
ical Plane. The average mind does not 
generally attribute the possession of mind, 
soul, or life, to the Mineral kingdom, but 
all occultists recognize the existence of the 
same, and modem science is rapidly mov- 
ing forward to the point-of-view of the 
Hermetic, in this respect. The molecules, 
atoms and corpuscles have their ** loves 
and hates*'; likes and dislikes; ** attrac- 
tions and repulsions**; **aflSnities and non- 
affinities,** etc., and some of the more dar- 
ing of modern scientific minds have ex- 
pressed the opinion that the desire and 
will, emotions and feelings, of the atoms 
differ only in degree from those of men. 
We have no time or space to argue this 
matter here. All occultists know it to be 
a fact, and others are referred to some of 

124 The Kyhalion 

the more recent scientific works for outside 
corroboration. There are the usual seven 
sub-divisions to this plane. 

The Plane of Elemental Mind (A) com- 
prises the state or condition, and d^n^ee of 
mental and vital development of a class of 
entities unknown to the average man, but 
recognized to occultists. They are invis- 
ible to the ordinary senses of man, but, 
nevertheless, exist and play their part of 
the Drama of the Universe. Their degree 
of intelligence is between that of the min- 
eral and chemical entities on the one hand, 
and of the entities of the plant kingdom on 
the other. There are seven sub-divisions 
to this plane, also. 

The Plane of Plant Mind, in its seven 
sub-divisions, comprises the states or con- 
ditions of the entities comprising the king- 
doms of the Plant World, the vital and 
mental phenomena of which is fairly well 
understood by the average intelligent per- 
son, many new and interesting scientific 
works regarding *'Mind and Life in 
Plants'* having been published during the 

Planes of Correspondence 125 

last decade. Plants have life, mind and 
^' souls," as well as have the animals, man, 
and super-man. 

The Plane of Elemental Mind (B), in its 
seven sub-divisions, comprises the states 
and conditions of a higher form of ** ele- 
mental'* or unseen entities, playing their 
part in the general work of the Universe, 
the mind and life of which form a part of 
"the scale between the Plane of Plant Mind 
and the Plane of Animal Mind, the entities 
partaking of the nature of both. 

The Plane of Animal Mind, in its seven 
sub-divisions, comprises the states and con- 
ditions of the entities, beings, or souls, ani- 
mating the animal forms of life, familiar 
to us all. It is not necessary to go into 
details regarding this kingdom or plane of 
life, for the animal world is as familiar to 
us as is our own. 

The Plane of Elemental Mind (C), in its 
seven sub-divisions, comprises those enti- 
ties or beings, invisible as are all such ele- 
mental forms, which partake of the nature 
of both animal and human life in a degree 

12G The Kybalion 

and in certain combinations. The highest 
forms are semi-human in intelligence. 

The Plane of Human Mind, in its seven 
sub-divisions, comprises those manifesta- 
tions of life and mentality which are com- 
mon to Man, in his various grades, degrees, 
and divisions. In this connection, we wish 
to point out the fact that the average man 
of to-day occupies but the fourth sub-divi- 
sion of the Plane of Human Mind, and only 
the most intelligent have crossed the bor- 
ders of the Fifth Sub-Division. It has 
taken the race millions of years to reach 
this stage, and it will take many more years 
for the race to move on to the sixth and 
seventh sub-divisions, and beyond. But, 
remember, that there have been races be- 
fore us which have passed through these 
degrees, and then on to higher planes. Our 
own race is the fifth (with stragglers from 
the fourth) which has set foot upon The 
Path. And, then there are a few advanced 
souls of our own race who have outstripped 
the masses, and who have passed on to the 
sixth and seventh sub-division, and some 

Planes of Correspondence 127 

few being still further on. The man of the 
Sixth Sub-Division will be *'The Super- 
Man''; he of the Seventh will be *'The 

In our consideration of the Seven Minor 
Mental Planes, we have merely referred to 
the Three Elementary Planes in a general 
way. We do not wish to go into this sub- 
ject in detail in this work, for it does not 
belong to this part of the general philos- 
ophy and teachings. But we may say this 
much, in order to give you a little clearer 
idea of the relations of these planes to the 
more familiar ones — the Elementary 
Planes bear the same relation to the Planes 
of Mineral, Plant, Animal and Human 
Mentality and Life, that the black keys on 
the piano do to the white keys. The white 
keys are sufficient to produce music, but 
there are certain scales, melodies, and har- 
monies, in which the black keys play their 
part, and in which their presence is neces- 
sary. They are also necessary as ** con- 
necting lirJks** of soul-condition; entity 
states, etc., between the several other 

128 The Kybalion 

planes, certain forms of development being 
attained therein — this last fact giving to 
the reader who can ^^read between the 
lines" a new light upon the processes of 
Evolution, and a new key to the secret door 
of the ** leaps of life" between kingdom 
and kingdom. The great kingdoms of Ele- 
mentals are fully recognized by all occult- 
ists, and the esoteric writings are full of 
mention of them. The readers of Bulwer^s 
^^Zanoni" and similar tales will recognize 
the entities inhabiting these planes of life. 

Passing on from the Great Mental Plane 
to the Great Spiritual Plane, what shall we 
sayf How can we explain these higher 
states of Being, Life and Mind, to minds 
as yet unable to grasp and understand the 
higher sub-divisions of the Plane of Human 
Mindf The task is impossible. We can 
speak only in the most general terms. How 
may Light be described to a man bom blind 
— ^how sugar, to a man who has never tasted 
anything sweet — ^how harmony, to one bom 

All that we can say is that the Seven 

Planes of Correspondence 129 

Minor Planes of the Great Spiritual Plane 
(each Minor Plane having its seven sub- 
divisions) comprise Beings possessing Life, 
Mind and Form as far above that of Man 
of to-day as the latter is above the earth- 
worm, mineral or even certain forms of 
Energy or Matter. The Life of these 
Beings so far transcends ours, that we can- 
not even think of the details of the same ; 
their Minds so far transcend ours, that to 
them we scarcely seem to ** think, '^ and our 
mental processes seem almost akin to ma- 
terial processes ; the Matter of which their 
forms are composed is of the highest 
Planes of Matter, nay, some are even said 
to be ** clothed in Pure Energy. '* What 
may be said of such Beings f 

On the Seven Minor Planes of the Great 
Spiritual Plane exist Beings of whom we 
may speak as Angels; Archangels; Demi- 
Gods. On the lower Minor Planes dwell 
those great souls whom we call Masters' 
and Adepts. Above them come the Great 
Hierarchies of the Angelic Hosts, unthink- 
able to man; and above those come those 

130 The Kybalion 

who may without irreverence be called 
^^The Gods," so high in the scale of Being 
are they, their being, intelligence and 
power being akin to those attributed by 
the races of men to their conceptions of 
Deity. These Beings are beyond even the 
highest flights of the human imagination, 
the word ** Divine'* being the only one ap- 
plicable to them. Many of these Beings, as 
well as the Angelic Host, take the greatest 
interest in the affairs of the Universe and 
play an important part in its affairs. These 
Unseen Divinities and Angelic Helpers ex- 
tend their influence freely and powerfully, 
in the process of Evolution, and Cosmic 
Progress. Their occasional intervention 
and assistance in human affairs have led 
to the many legends, beliefs, religions and 
traditions of the race, past and present. 
They have super-imposed their knowledge 
and power upon the world, again and again, 
all under the Law of THE ALL, of course. 
But, yet, even the highest of these ad- 
vanced Beings exist merely as creations of, 
and in, the Mind of THE ALL, and are 

Planes of Correspondence 131 

subject to the Cosmic Processes and Uni- 
versal Laws. They are still Mortal. W« 
may call them **gods'' if we like, but still 
they are but the Elder Brethren of the 
Bace, — the advanced souls who have out- 
stripped their brethren, and who have fore- 
gone the ecstacy of Absorption by THE 
ALL, in order to help the race on its up- 
ward journey along The Path. But, they 
belong to the Universe, and are subject to 
its conditions — they are mortal — and their 
plane is below that of Absolute Spirit. 

Only the most advanced Hermetists are 
able to grasp the Inner Teachings regard- 
ing the state of existence, and the powers 
manifested on the Spiritual Planes. The 
phenomena is so much higher than that of 
the Mental Planes that a confusion of ideas 
would surely result from an attempt to de- 
scribe the same. Only those whose minds 
have been carefully trained along the lines 
of the Hermetic Philosophy for years — ^yes, 
those who have brought with them from 
other incarnations the knowledge acquired 
previously— <5an comprehend just what is 

132 The Kyhalion 

meant by the Teaching regarding these 
Spiritual Planes. And much of these Inner 
Teachings is held by the Hermetists as 
being too sacred, important and even dan- 
gerous for general public dissemination. 
The intelligent student may recognize what 
we mean by this when we state that the 
meaning of '* Spirit" as used by the Her- 
metists is akin to **Living Power'*; "Ani- 
mated Force'*; **Inner Essence"; **Es- 
sence of Life," etc., which meaning must 
not be confounded with that usually and 
commonly employed in connection with the 
term, i. e., "religious; ecclesiastical; spirit- 
uelle ; ethereal ; holy, ' ' etc., etc. To occult- 
ists the word "Spirit" is used in the sense 
of "The Animating Principle," carrying 
with it the idea of Power, Living Energy, 
Mystic Force, etc. And occultists know 
that that whidi is known to them as "Spir- 
itual Power" may be employed for evil as 
well as good ends (in accordance with the 
Principle of Polarity), a fact which has 
been recognized by the majority of reli- 
gions in their conceptions of Satan, Beelze- 

Planes of Correspondence 133 

buby the Devil, Lucifer, Fallen Angels, etc. 
And so the knowledge regarding these 
Planes has been kept in the Holy of 
Holies in all Esoteric Fraternities and Oc-' 
cnlt Orders, — ^in the Secret Chamber of the 
Temple. But this may be said here, that 
those who have attained high spiritual pow- 
ers and have misused them, have a terrible 
fate in store for them, and the swing of the 
pendulum of Bhythm will inevitably swing 
them back to the furthest extreme of Ma- 
terial existence, from which point they 
must retrace their steps Spiritward, along 
the weary rounds of The Path, but always 
with the added torture of having always 
with them a lingering memory of the 
heights from which they fell owing to their 
evil actions. The legends of the Fallen An- 
gels have a basis in actual facts, as all 
advanced occultists know. The striving for 
selfish power on the Spiritual Planes inevi- 
tably results in the selfish soul losing its 
spiritual balance and falling back as far as 
it had previously risen. But to even such 
a soul, .the opportunity of a return is given 

134 The Kyhalion 

— and such souls make the return journey, 
paying the terrible penalty according to 
the invariable Law. 

In conclusion we would again remind you 
that according to the Principle of Corre- 
spondence, which embodies the truth: ''As 
Above so Below; as Below, so Above,*' all 
of the Seven Hermetic Principles are in 
full operation on all of the many planes, 
Physical, Mental and Spiritual. The Prin- 
ciple of Mental Substance of course applies 
to all the planes, for all are held in the 
Mind of THE ALL. The Principle of Cor- 
respondence manifests in all, for there is a 
correspondence, harmony and agreement 
between the several planes. The Principle 
of Vibration manifests on all planes, in fact 
the very differences that go to make the 
** planes'* arise from Vibration, as we have 
explained. The Principle of Polarity man- 
ifests on each plane, the extremes of the 
Poles being apparently opposite and con- 
tradictory. The Principle of Rhythm man- 
ifests on each Plane, the movement of the 
phenomena having its ebb and flow, rise 

Planes of Correspondence 135 

and flow, incoming and outgoing. The 
Principle of Canse and Effect manifests on 
each Plane, every Effect having its Cause 
and every Cause having its effect. The 
Principle of Gender manifests on each 
Plane, the Creative Energy being always 
manifest, and operating along the lines of 
its Masculine and Feminine Aspects. 

**A8 Above so Below; as Below, so 
Above/' This centuries old Hermetic 
axiom embodies one of the great Principles 
of Universal Phenomena. As we proceed 
with our consideration of the remaining 
Principles, we will see even more clearly 
the truth of the universal nature of this 
great Principle of Correspondence. 



"Nothinff rests; everything moves; everythhig vi- 
brates.*' — The Kyhalion. 

The great Third Hermetic Principle — ^the 
Principle of Vibration — embodies the truth 
that Motion is manifest in everything in 
the Universe — ^that nothing is at rest — ^that 
everything moves, vibrates, and circles. 
This Hermetic Principle was recognized by 
some of the early Greek philosophers who 
embodied it in their systems. But, then, 
for centuries it was lost sight of by the 
thinkers outside of the Hermetic ranks. 
But in the Nineteenth Century physical sci- 
ence re-discovered the truth and the Twen- 
tieth Century scientific discoveries have 
added additional proof of the correctness 
and truth of this centuries-old Hermetic 


138 The Kyhalion 

The Hermetic Teachings are that not 
only is everything in constant movement 
and vibration, but that the '^ differences'' 
between the various manifestations of the 
universal power are due entirely to the 
varying rate and mode of vibrations. Not 
only this, but that even THE ALL, in itself, 
manifests a constant vibration of such an 
infinite degree of intensity and rapid mo- 
tion that it may be practically considered 
as at rest, the teachers directing the atten- 
tion of the students to the fact that even on 
the physical plane a rapidly moving object 
(such as a revolving wheel) seems to be 
at rest. The Teachings are to the effect 
that Spirit is at one end of the Pole of 
Vibration, the other Pole being certain ex- 
tremely gross forms of Matter. Between 
these two poles are millions upon millions 
of different rates and modes of vibration. 

Modem Science has proven that all that 
we call Matter and Energy are but ''modes 
of vibratory motion,*' and some of the 
more advanced scientists are rapidly mov- 
ing toward the positions of the occultists 

Vibration 139 

who hold that the phenomena of Mind are 
likewise modes of vibration or motion. Let 
us see what science has to say regarding 
the question of vibrations in matter and 

In the first place, science teaches that all 
matter manifests, in some degree, the 
vibrations arising from temperature or 
heat. Be an object cold or hot — ^both being 
but degrees of the same things — ^it mani- 
fests certain heat vibrations, and in that 
sense is in motion and vibration. Then all 
particles of Matter are in circular move- 
ment, from corpuscle to suns. The planets 
revolve around suns, and many of them 
turn on their axes. The suns move around 
greater central points, and these are be- 
lieved to move around still greater, and 
so on, ad infinitum. The molecules of which 
the particular kinds of Matter are com- 
posed are in a state of constant vibration 
and movement around each other and 
against each other. The molecules are com- 
posed of Atoms, which, likewise, are in a 
state of constant movement and vibration. 

140 The Kyhalian 

The atoms are ocmiposed of Coipnsdes, 
sometimes called ^'electrons," ''ions,'' etc., 
which also are in a state of rapid motion, 
revolving around each other, and whidi 
manifest a very rapid state and mode of 
vibration* And, so we see that all forms 
of Matter manifest Vibration, in accord- 
ance with the Hermetic Principle of Vibfa- 

And so it is with the various forms of 
Ilnergy. Science teaches that Light, Heat, 
Magnetism and Electricity are but forms 
of vibratory motion connected in some way 
with, and probably emanating from the 
Ether. Science does not as yet attempt to 
explain the nature of the phenomena known 
as Cohesion, which is the principle of Mo- 
lecular Attraction; nor Chemical Affinity, 
which is the principle of Atomic Attrac- 
tion; nor Gravitation (the greatest mys- 
tery of the three), which is the principle 
of attraction by which every particle or 
mass of Matter is bound to every other 
particle or mass. These three forms of 
Energy are not as yet understood by sd- 

Vibration 141 

ence, yet the writers incline to the opinion 
that tiiese too are manifestations of some 
form of vibratory energy, a fact which the 
Hermetists have held and tanght for ages 

The Universal Ether, which is postulated 
by science without its nature being under- 
stood clearly, is held by the Hermetists to 
be but a higher manifestation of that which 
is erroneously called matter — ^that is to say, 
Matter at a higher degree of vibration — 
and is called by them ^^The Ethereal Sub- 
stance." The Hermetists teach that this 
Ethereal Substance is of extreme tenuity 
and elasticity, and pervades universal 
space, serving as a medium of transmission 
of waves of vibratory energy, such as heat, 
light, electricity, magnetism, etc. The 
Teachings are that The Ethereal Substance 
is a connecting link between the forms of 
vibratory energy known as ** Matter'' on 
the one hand, and ** Energy or Force'* on 
the other; and also that it manifests a 
degree of vibration, in rate and mode, en- 
tirely its own. 

142 The Kybalion 

Sdentiste have offered the illnstration of 
a rapidly moving wheel, top, or cylinder, 
to show the effects of increasing rates of 
vibration. The illnstration supposes a 
wheel, top, or revolving cylinder, mnning 
at a low rate of speed — ^we will call this 
revolving thing ^'the object'' in following 
out the illustration. Let ns suppose the 
object moving slowly. It may be seen read- 
ily, but no sound of its movement reaches 
the ear. The speed is gradually increased. 
In a few moments its movement becomes so 
rapid that a deep growl or low note may be 
heard. Then as the rate is increased the 
note rises one in the musical scale. Then, 
the motion being still further increased, the 
next highest note is distinguished. Then, 
one after another, all the notes of the 
musical scale appear, rising higher and 
higher as the motion is increased. Finally 
when the motions have reached a certain 
rate the final note perceptible to human 
ears is reached and the shrill, piercing 
shriek dies away, and silence follows. No 
Bound is heard from the revolving object, 

Vibration 143 

the rate of motion being so high that the 
human ear cannot register the vibrations. 
Then comes the perception of rising de- 
grees of Heat. Then after quite a time the 
eye catches a glimpse of the object becom- 
ing a dull dark reddish color. As the rate 
increases, the red becomes brighter. Then 
as the speed is increased, the red melts into 
an orange. Then the orange melts into a 
yellow. Then follow, successively, the 
shades of green, blue, indigo, and finally 
violet, as the rate of speed increases. Then 
the violet shades away, and all color disap- 
pears, the human eye not being able to 
register them. But there are invisible rays 
emanating from the revolving object, the 
rays that are used in photographing, and 
other subtle rays of light. Then begin to 
manifest the peculiar rays known as the 
**XRays,'' etc., as the constitution of the 
object changes. Electricity and Magnetism 
are emitted when the appropriate rate of 
vibration is attained. 

When the object reaches a certain rate 
of vibration its molecules disintegrate, and 

144 The Kyhalion 

resolve themselves into the original ele- 
ments or atoms. Then the atoms, follow- 
ing the Principle of Vibration, are sepa- 
rated into the countless corpuscles of which 
they are composed. And finally, even the 
corpuscles disappear and the object may 
be said to be composed of The Ethereal 
Substance. Science does not dare to follow 
the illustration further, but the Hermetists 
teach that if the vibrations be continually 
increased the object would mount up the 
successive states of manifestation and 
would in turn manifest the various mental 
stages, and then on Spiritward, until it 
would finally re-enter THE ALL, which is 
Absolute Spirit. The ** object,'* however, 
would have ceased to be an '^object" long 
before the stage of Ethereal Substance was 
reached, but otherwise the illustration is 
correct inasmuch as it shows the effect of 
constantly increased rates and modes of 
vibration. It must be remembered, in the 
above illustration, that at the stages at 
which the ** object*' throws off vibrations 
of light, heat, etc., it is not actually ''re- 

Vibration 145 

solved '' into those forms of energy (which 
are much higher in the scale), but simply 
that it reaches a degree of vibration in 
which those forms of energy are liberated, 
in a degree, from the con&iing influences 
of its molecules, atoms and corpuscles, as 
the case may be. These forms of energy, 
although much higher in the scale than 
matter, are imprisoned and confined in the 
material combinations, by reason of the 
energies manifesting through, and using 
material forms, but thus becoming entan- 
gled and confined in their creations of ma- 
terial forms, which, to an extent, is true of 
all creations, the creating force 'becoming 
involved in its creation. 

But the Hermetic Teachings go much 
further than do those of modem science. 
They teach that all manifestation of 
thought, emotion, reason, will or desire, or 
any mental state or condition, are accom- 
panied by vibrations, a portion of which 
are thrown ofif and which tend to afifect the 
minds of other persons by ** induction.'* 
This is the principle which produces the 

146 The Kyhalion 

phenomena of ^ ^telepathy''; mental infln- 
encoi and other forms of the action and 
power of mind over mind, with which the 
general public is rapidly becoming ac- 
quainted, owing to the wide dissemination 
of occult knowledge by the various schools, 
cults and teachers along these lines at this 

Every thought, emotion or mental state 
has its corresponding rate and mode of 
vibration. And by an effort of the will of 
the person, or of other persons, these 
mental states may be reproduced, just as a 
musical tone may be reproduced by causing 
an instrument to vibrate at a certain rate 
— ^just as color may be reproduced in the 
same way. By a knowledge of the Princi- 
ple of Vibration, as applied to Mental Phe- 
nomena, one may polarize his mind at any 
degree he wishes, thus gaining a perfect 
control over his mental states, moods, etc. 
In the same way he may affect the minds 
of others, producing the desired mental 
states in them. In short, he may be able 
to produce on the Mental Plane that which 

Vibration 147 

science produces on the Physical Plane — 
namely, ** Vibrations at Will.*' This power 
of course may be acquired only by the 
proper instruction, exercises, practice, etc., 
the science being that of Mental Transmu- 
tation, one of the branches of the Hermetic 

A little reflection on what we have said 
will show the student that the Principle of 
Vibration underlies the wonderful phenom- 
ena of the power manifested by the Mas- 
ters and Adepts, who are able to appar- 
ently set aside the Laws of Nature, but 
who, in reality, are simply using one law 
against another; one principle against 
others; and who accomplish their results 
by changing the vibrations of material ob- 
jects, or forms of energy, and thus perform 
what are commonly called ** miracles. '* 

As one of the old Hermetic writers has 
truly said : * * He who understands the Prin- 
cible of Vibration, has grasped the sceptre 
of Power.'* 



''EverTthing ii dual; everTthiiig has poles; everTthing 
has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; 
opposites are identical in nature, but different in de- 
gree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all 
paradoxes may be reconciled." — The Kjfhalion, 

The great Fourth Hermetic Principle — 
the Principle of Polarity — embodies the 
truth that all manifested things have ^^two 
sides'* ; **two aspects'' ; **two poles"; a 
**pair of opposites," with manifold degrees 
between the two extremes. The old para- 
doxes, which have ever perplexed the mind 
of men, are explained by an understanding 
of this Principle. Man has always recog- 
nized something akin to this Principle, and 
has endeavored to express it by such say- 
ings, maxims and aphorisms as the follow- 
ing: ^^ Everything is and isn't, at the same 


150 The Kyhalion 

time''; **all truths are but half-truths' '; 
* ' every truth is half -false " ; * * there are two 
sides to everything"; ** there is a reverse 
side to every shield," etc., etc. 

The Hermetic Teachings are to the effect 
that the difference between things seem- 
ingly diametrically opposed to each other 
is merely a matter of degree. It teaches 
that **the pairs of opposites may be recon- 
ciled," and that '^ thesis and anti-thesis are 
identical in nature, but different in de- 
gree"; and that the ** universal reconcilia- 
tion of opposites" is effected by a recogni- 
tion of this Principle of Polarity. The 
teachers claim that illustrations of this 
Principle may be had on every hand, and 
from an examination into the real nature 
of anything. They begin by showing that 
Spirit and Matter are but the two poles, of 
the same thing, the intermediate planes 
being merely degrees of vibration. They 
they show that THE ALL and The Many 
are the same, the difference being merely 
a matter of degree of Mental Manifesta- 
tion. Tims the LAW and Laws are the 

Polarity 151 

two opposite poles of one thing. Likewise, 
PRINCIPLE and Principles. Infinite Mind 
and finite minds'. 

Then passing on to the Physical Plane, 
they illustrate the Principle by showing 
that Heat and Cold are identical in nature, 
the differences being merely a matter of 
degrees. The thermometer shows many 
degrees of temperature, the lowest pole 
being called **cold,*' and the highest 
'*heat.'' Between these two poles are many 
degrees of **heat** or **cold,'' call them 
either and you are equally correct. The 
higher of two degrees is always ** warmer,'' 
while the lower is always * * colder. ' ' There 
is no absolute standard — ^all is a matter of 
degree. There is no place on the thermom- 
eter where heat ceases and cold begins. It 
is all a matter of higher or lower vibra- 
tions. The very terms * ' high ' ' and * ' low, ' ' 
which we are compelled to use, are but 
poles of the same thing — ^the terms are rel- 
ative. So with **East and West'* — ^travel 
around the world in an eastward direction, 
and you reach a point which is called wes 

152 The KyhaiUm 

at your starting point, and yon retom from 
that westward point Travel far enon^ 
North, and you will find yonrself traveling 
South, or vice versa. 

Li^t and Darkness are poles of the 
same thing, with many d^;Tee8 between 
theuL The musical scale is the same — 
starting with ''C" you move upward until 
you reach another ''C,'' and so on, the dif- 
ferences between the two ends of the board 
being the same, with many degrees between 
the two extremes. The scale of color is 
the same — ^higher and lower vibrations 
being the only difference between high vio- 
let and low red. Large and Small are rela- 
tive. So are Noise and Quiet; Hard and 
Soft follow the rule. Likewise Sharp and 
Dull. Positive and Negative are two poles 
of the same thing, with countless degrees 
between them. 

Good and Bad are not absolute — ^we call 
one end of the scale (}ood and the other 
Bad, or one end Gk>od and the other Evil, 
according to the use of the terms. A thing 
is ^Mess good" than the thing higher in the 

Polarity 153 

scale; but that **less good'* thing, in turn, 
is ''more good" than the thing next below 
it — and so on, the *'more or less'* being 
regulated by the position on the scale. 

And so it is on the Mental Plane. ^^Love 
and Hate" are generally regarded as being 
things diametrically opposed to each other ; 
entirely different; unreconcilable. But we 
apply the Principle of Polarity; we find 
that there is no such thing as Absolute 
Love or Absolute Hate, as distinguished 
from each other. The two are merely 
terms applied to the two poles of the same 
thing. Beginning at any point of the scale 
we find **more love," or **less hate," as 
we ascend the scale; and ^^more hate" or 
'*less love" as we descend — ^this being true 
no matter from what point, high or low, we 
may start. There are degrees of Love and 
Hate, and there is a middle point where 
''Like and Dislike" become so faint that 
it is difficult to distinguish between them. 
Courage and Fear come under the same 
rule. The Pairs of Opposites exist every- 

154 The Kyhalion 

where. Where you find one thing you find 
its opposite— the two poles. 

.And it is this fact that enables the Her- 
metist to transmute one mental state into 
another, along the lines of Polarization. 
Things belonging to different classes can- 
not be transmuted into each other, but 
things of the same class may be changed, 
that is, may have their polarity dianged. 
Thus Love never becomes East or West, 
or Red or Violet— but it may and often 
does turn into Hate — and likewise Hate 
may be transformed into Love, by changing 
its polarity. Courage may be transmuted 
into Fear, and the reverse. Hard things 
may be rendered Soft. Dull things become 
Sharp. Hot things become Cold. And so 
on, the transmutation always being be- 
tween things of the same kind of different 
degrees. Take the case of a Fearful man. 
By raising his mental vibrations along the 
line of Fear-Courage, he can be filled with 
the highest degree of Courage and Fear- 
lessness. And, likewise, the Slothful man 
may change himself into an Active, Ener- 

Polarity 155 

getic individual, simply by polarizing along 
the lines of the desired quality. 

The student who is familiar with the 
processes by which the various schools of 
Mental Science, etc., produce changes in 
the mental states of those following their 
teachings, may not readily understand the 
principle underlying many of these 
changes. When, however, the Principle of 
Polarity is once grasped, and it is seen that 
the mental changes are occasioned by a 
change of polarity — a sliding along the 
same scale — ^the matter is more readily un- 
derstood. The change is not in the nature 
of a transmutation of one thing into an- 
other thing entirely different — but is 
merely a change of degree in the same 
things, a vastly important difference. For 
instance, borrowing an analogy from the 
Physical Plane, it is impossible to change 
Heat into Sharpness, Loudness, Highness, 
etc., but Heat may readily be transmuted 
into Cold, simply by lowering the vibra- 
tions. In the same way Hate and Love are 
mutually transmutable ; so are Fear and 

156 The Kyhalion 

Courage. But Fear cannot be transformed 
into Love, nor can Courage be transmuted 
into Hate. The mental states belong to in- 
numerable classes, each class of which has 
its opposite poles, along which transmuta- 
tion is possible. 

The student will readily recognize that 
in the mental states, as well as in the phe- 
nomena of the Physical Plane, the two 
poles may be classified as Positive and 
Negative, respectively. Thus Love is Pos- 
itive to Hate; Courage to Fear; Activity 
to Non- Activity, etc., etc. And it will also 
be noticed that even to those unfamiliar 
with the Principle of Vibration, the Posi- 
tive pole seems to be of a higher degree 
than the Negative, and readily dominates 
it. The tendency of Nature is in the direc- 
tion of the dominant activity of the Posi- 
tive pole. 

In addition to the changing of the poles 
of one's.own mental states by the operation 
of the art of Polarization, the phenomena 
of Mental Influence, in its manifold phases, 
shows us that the principle may be ex- 

Polarity 157 

tended so as to embrace the phenomena of 
the influence of one mind over that of an- 
other, of which so much has been written 
and taught of late years. When it is under- 
stood that Mental Induction is possible, 
that is that mental states may be produced 
by ** induction*' from others, then we can 
readily see how a certain rate of vibration, 
or polarization of a certain mental state, 
may be communicated to another person, 
and his polarity in that class of mental 
states thus changed. It is along this prin- 
ciple that the results of many of the 
** mental treatments*' are obtained. For 
instance, a person is **blue,'* melancholy 
and full of fear. A mental scientist bring- 
ing his own mind up to the desired vibra- 
tion by his trained will, and thus obtaining 
the desired polarization in his own case, 
then produces a similar mental state in the 
other by induction, the result being that 
the vibrations are raised and the person 
polarizes toward the Positive end of the 
scale instead toward the Negative, and his 
Fear and other negative emotions are 

158 The Kyhdlion 

transmuted to Courage and similar posi- 
tive mental states. A little study will show 
you that these mental changes are nearly 
all along the line of Polarization, the 
change being one of degree rather than 
of kind. 

A knowledge of the existence of this 
great Hermetic Principle will enable the 
student to better understand his own 
mental states, and those of other people. 
He will see that these states are all mat- 
ters of degree, and seeing thus, he will be 
able to raise or lower the vibration at will 
— ^to change his mental poles, and thus b^ 
Master of his mental states, instead of 
being their servant and slave. And by his 
knowledge he will be able to aid his fellows 
intelligently, and by the appropriate meth- 
ods change the polarity when the same is 
desirable. We advise all students to famil- 
iarize themselves with this Principle of Po- 
larity, for a correct understanding of the 
same will throw light on many difficult sub- 



"Ererytliiiig flows out and in; eveiTtbing has ito 
tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing mani- 
fests in ever^rthing; the measure of the swing to the 
right, is the messure of the swing to the left; rhythm 
compensates." — The Kjfhdlion, 

The great Fifth Hermetic Principle — ^the 
Principle of Rhythm — embodies the truth 
that in everything there is manifested a 
measured motion; a to-and-from move- 
ment; a flow and inflow; a swing forward 
and backward ; a pendulum-like movement ; 
a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and a 
low-tide; between the two-poles manifest 
on the physical, mental or spiritual planes. 
The Principle of Rhythm is closely con- 
nected with the Principle of Polarity de- 
scribed in the preceding chapter. Rhythm 
manifests between the two poles established 


160 The Kybalia$i 

by the Principle of Polarity. This does 
not mean, however, that the pendnlmn of 
Rhythm swings to the extreme poles, for 
this rarely happens; in fact, it is difficult 
to establish the extreme polar opposites in 
the majority of cases. But the swing is 
ever ** toward** first one pole and then the 

There is always an action and reaction; 
an advance and a retreat; a rising and a 
sinking; manifested in all of the airs and 
phenomena of the Universe. Suns, worlds, 
men, animals, plants, minerals, forces, 
energy, mind and matter, yes, even Spirit, 
manifests this Principle. The Principle 
manifests in the creation and destruction 
of worlds ; in the rise and fall of nations ; 
in the life history of all things ; and finally 
in the mental states of Man. 

Beginning with the manifestations of 
Spirit— of THE ALL— it wUl be noticed 
that there is ever the Outpouring and the 
Indrawing; the ^^Outbreathing and In- 
breathing of Brahm,*' as the Brahmans 
word it. Universes are created ; reach their 

Rhythm 161 

extreme low point of materiality; and then 
begin their upward swing. Suns spring 
into being, and then their height of power 
being reached, the process of retrogression 
begins, and after aeons they become dead 
masses of matter, awaiting another im- 
pulse which starts again their inner ener- 
gies into activity and a new solar life cycle 
is begun. And thus it is with all the 
worlds ; they are bom, grow and die ; only 
to be reborn. And thus it is with all the 
things of shape and form ; they swing from 
action to reaction; from birth to death; 
from activity to inactivity — and then back 
again. Thus it is with all living things; 
they are born, grow, and die — and then are 
reborn. So it is with all great movements, 
philosophies, creeds, fashions, govern- 
ments, nations, and all else — ^birth, growth, 
maturity, decadence, death — and then new- 
birth. The swing of the pendulum is ever 
in evidence. 

Night follows day ; and day night. The 
pendulum swings from Summer to Winter, 
and then back again. The corpuscles. 

162 The Kyhalion 

atoms, moleculesy and all masses of matter, 
swing around the circle of their nature. 
There is no such thing as absolute rest, or 
cessation from movement, and all move- 
ment partakes of Bhythm. The principle 
is of imiversal application. It may be ap- 
plied to any question, or phenomena of any 
of the many planes of life. It may be ap- 
plied to all phases of human activity. 
There is always the Ehythmic swing from 
one pole to the other. The Universal Pen- 
dulum is ever in motion. The Tides of 
Life flow in and out, according to Law. 

The Principle of Ehythm is well under- 
stood by modern science, and is considered 
a universal law as applied to material 
things. But the Hermetists carry the prin- 
ciple much further, and know that its man- 
ifestations and influence extend to the 
mental activities of Man, and that it ac- 
counts for the bewildering succession of 
moods, feelings and other annoying and 
perplexing changes that we notice in our- 
selves. But the Hermetists by studying 
the operations of this Principle have 

Rhythm IGo 

learned to escape some of its activities by 

The Hermetic Masters long since dis- 
covered that while the Principle of Ehythm 
was invariable, and ever in evidence in 
mental phenomena, still there were two 
planes of its manifestation so far as mental 
phenomena are concerned. They discov- 
ered that there were two general planes 
of Consciousness, the Lower and the 
Higher, the understanding of which fact 
enabled them to rise to the higher plane 
and thus escape the swing of the Rhythmic 
pendulum which manifested on the lower 
plane. In other words, the swing of the 
pendulum occurred on the Unconscious 
Plane, and the Consciousness was not af- 
fected. This they call the Law of Neutrali- 
zation. Its operations consist in the rais- 
ing of the Ego above the vibrations of the 
Unconscious Plane of mental activity, so 
that the negative-swing of the pendulum is 
not manifested in consciousness, and there- 
fore they are not affected. It is akin to 
rising above a thing and letting it pass be- 

164 The Kyhalion 

neath you. The Hermetio Master, or ad- 
vanced student, polarizes himself at the 
desired pole, and by a process akin to 
'^refusing" to participate in the backward 
swing, or, if you prefer, a **deniaP' of its 
influence over him, he stands firm in his 
polarized position, and allows the mental 
pendulum to swing back along the uncon- 
scious plane. All individuals who have at- 
tained any degree of self-mastery, accom- 
plish this, more or less unknowingly, and 
by refusing to allow their moods and nega- 
tive mental states to affect them, they 
apply the Law of Neutralization. The 
Master, however, carries this to a much 
higher degree of proficiency, and by the 
use of his Will he attains a degree of Poise 
and Mental Firmness almost impossible of 
belief on the part of those who allow them- 
selves to be swung backward and forward 
by the mental pendulum of moods and 
feelings. ' 

The importance of this will be appre- 
ciated by any thinking person who realizes 
what creatures of moods, feelings and emo- 

Rhythm 165 

tion the majority of people are, and how 
little mastery of themselves they manifest. 
If you will stop and consider a moment, 
yon will realize how much these swings of 
Ehythm have affected you in your life — 
how a period of Enthusiasm has been in- 
variably followed by an opposite feeling 
and mood of Depression. Likewise, your 
moods and periods of Courage have been 
succeeded by equal moods of Fear. And 
so it has ever been with the majority of 
persons — ^tides of feeling have ever risen 
and fallen with them, but they have never 
suspected the cause or reason of the mental 
phenomena. An understanding of the 
workings of this Principle will give one the 
key to theMastery of these rhythmic swings 
of feeling, and will enable him to know 
himself better and to avoid being carried 
away by these inflows and outflows. The 
Will is superior to the conscious manifesta- 
tion of this Principle, although the Princi- 
ple itself can never be destroyed. We may 
escape its effects, but the Principle oper- 
ates, nevertheless. The pendulum ever 

166 The Kyhalion 

swings, although we may escape being car- 
ried along with it. 

There are other features of the operation 
of this Principle of Rhythm of which we 
wish to speak at this point. There comes 
into its operations that which is known as 
the Law of Compensation. One of the defi- 
nitions or meanings of the word *' Compen- 
sate'* is, ''to counterbalance,'* which is the 
sense in which the Hermetists use the term. 
It is this Law of Compensation to which 
the Kybalion refers when it says: **The 
measure of the swing to the right is the 
measure of the swing to the left; rhythm 

The Law of Compensation is that the 
swing in one direction determines the swing 
in the opposite direction, or to the opposite 
pole — the one balances, or counterbal- 
ances, the other. On the Physical Plane 
we see many examples of this Law. The 
pendulum of the clock swings a certain dis- 
tance to the right, and then an equal dis- 
tance to the left. The seasons balance each 
other in the same way. The tides follow 

Rhythm 167 

the same Law. And the same Law is man- 
ifested in all the phenomena of Ehythm. 
The pendnlnm, with a short swing in one 
direction, has bnt a short swing in the 
other; while the long swing to the right 
invariably means the long swing to the left. 
An object hnrled npward to a certain 
height has an eqnal distance to traverse on 
its return. The force with which a pro- 
jectile is sent upward a mile is reproduced 
when the projectile returns to the earth on 
its return journey. This Law is constant 
on the Physical Plane, as reference to the 
standard authorities will show you. 

But the Hermetists carry it still further. 
They teach that a man's mental states are 
subject to the same Law. The man who 
enjoys keenly, is subject to keen suffering; 
while he who feels but little pain is capable 
of feeling but little joy. The pig suffers 
but little mentally, and enjoys but little — 
he is compensated. And on the other hand, 
there are other animals who enjoy keenly, 
but whose nervous organism and tempera- 
ment cause them to suffer exquisite degrees 

168 The Kyhalion 

of pain. And so it is with Man. There are 
temperaments which permit of but low de- 
grees of enjoyment, and equally low de- 
grees of suffering; while there are others 
which permit the most intense enjoyment, 
but also the most intense suffering. The 
rule is that the capacity for pain and pleas- 
ure, in each individual, are balanced. The 
Law of Compensation is in full operation 

But the Hermetists go still further in 
this matter. They teach that before one is 
able to enjoy a certain degree of pleasure, 
he must have swung as far, proportion- 
ately, toward the other pole of feeling. 
They hold, howeter, that the Negative is 
precedent to the Positive in this matter, 
that is to say that in experiencing a cer- 
tain degree of pleasure it does not follow 
that he will have to **pay up for if with 
a corresponding degree of pain ; on the con- 
trary, the pleasure is the Ehythmic swing, 
according to the Law of Compensation, for 
a degree of pain previously experienced 
either in the present life, or in a previous 

Rhythm 169 

incamatioh. This throws a new light on 
the Problem of Pain. 

The Hermetists regard the chain of lives 
as continuous, and as forming a part of 
one life of the individual^ so that in con- 
sequence the rhythmic swing is understood 
in this way, while it would be without 
meaning uidess the truth of reincarnation 
is admitted. 

But the Hermetists claim that the Master 
or advanced student is able, to a great de- 
gree, to escape the swing toward Pain, by 
the process of Neutralization before men- 
tioned. By rising on to the higher plane 
of the Ego, much of the experience that 
comes to those dwelling on the lower plane 
is avoided and escaped. 

The Law of Compensation plays an im- 
portant part in the lives of men and 
women. It will be noticed that one gen- 
erally **pays the price*' of anything he 
possesses or lacks. If he has one thing, he 
lacks another — the balance is struck. No 
one can **keep his penny and have the bit 
of cake** at the same time. Everything has 

170 The Kybalion 

its pleasant and unpleasant sides. The 
things that one gains are always paid for 
by the things that one loses. The rich pos- 
sess mnch that the poor lack, while the 
poor often possess things that are beyond 
the reach of the rich. The millionaire may 
have the inclination toward feasting, and 
the wealth wherewith to secure all the dain- 
ties and luxuries of the table, while he lacks 
the appetite to enjoy the same; he envies 
the appetite and digestion of the laborer, 
who lacks the wealth and inclinations of 
the millionaire, and who gets more pleas- 
ure from his plain food than the millionaire 
could obtain even if his appetite were not 
jaded, nor his digestion ruined, for the 
wants, habits and inclinations differ. And 
so it is through life. The Law of Compen- 
sation is ever in operation, striving to bal- 
ance and counter-balance, and always suc- 
ceeding in time, even though several lives 
may be required for the return swing of 
the Pendulum of Ehythm. 



''Erery Canse ham its Effect; everj Effect hM its 
Ganse; everything happens according to Law; Chance is 
bat a name for Law not recognized; there are many 
planes of causation, bnt nothing escapes the Law." — 
The KyhaUim. 

The great Sixth Hermetic Principle — ^the 
Principle of Cause and Effect — embodies 
the truth that Law pervades the Universe; 
that nothing happens by Chance; that 
Chance is merely a term indicating cause 
existing but not recognized or perceived; 
that phenomena is continuous, without 
break or exception. 

The Principle of Cause and Effect un- 
derlies all scientific thought, ancient and 
modem, and was enunciated by the Her- 
metic Teachers in the earliest days. While 
many and varied disputes between the 


172 The Kyhalion 

many schools of thought have since arisen, 
these disputes have been principally upon 
the details of the operations of the Prin- 
ciple, and still more often upon the mean- 
ing of certain words. The underlying Prin- 
ciple of Cause and Effect has been accepted 
as correct by practically all the thinkers of 
the world worthy of the name. To think 
otherwise would be to take the phenomena 
of the universe from the domain of Law 
and Order, and to relegate it to the control 
of the imaginary something which men 
have called ** Chance.*' 

A little consideration will show anyone 
that there is in reality no such thing as 
pure Chance. Webster defines the word 
** Chance*' as follows: ^^ A supposed agent 
or mode of activity other than a force, law 
or purpose; the operation or activity of 
such agent; the supposed effect of such 
an agent; a happening; fortuity; casualty, 
etc.** But a little consideration will show 
you that there can be no such agent as 
** Chance,** in the sense of something out- 
side of Law — something outside of Cause 

Causation 173 

and Effect. How could there be a some- 
thing acting in the phenomenal universe, 
independent of the laws, order, and con- 
tinuity of the latter? Such a something 
would be entirely independent of the 
orderly trend of the universe, and there- 
fore superior to it. We can imagine noth- 
ing outside of THE ALL being outside of 
the Law, and that only because THE ALL 
is the LAW in itself. There is no room in 
the universe for a something outside of and 
independent of Law. The existence of such 
a Something would render all Natural 
Laws ineffective, and would plunge the 
universe into chaotic disorder and law- 

A careful examination will show that 
what we call ** Chance'* is merely an ex- 
pression relating to obscure causes; causes 
that we cannot perceive; causes that we 
cannot understand. The word Chance is 
derived from a word meaning **to fall*' 
(as the falling of dice), the idea being that 
the fall of the dice (and many other hap- 
penings) are merely a **happening'' un- 

174 The Kyhalion 

related to any cause. And this is the sense 
in which the term is generally employed. 
But when the matter is closely examined, 
it is seen that there is no chance what- 
soever about the fall of the dice. Each 
time a die falls, and displays a certain 
number, it obeys a law as infallible as that 
which governs the revolution of the planets 
around the sun. Back of the fall of the 
die are causes, or chains of causes, running 
back further than the mind can follow. The 
position of the die in the box; the amount 
of muscular energy expended in the throw ; 
the condition of the table, etc., etc., all are 
causes, the effect of which may be seen. 
But back of these seen causes there are 
chains of unseen preceding causes, all of 
which had a bearing upon the number of 
the die which fell uppermost. 

If a die be cast a great number of times, 
it will be found that the numbers shown 
will be about equal, that is, there will be 
an equal number of one-spot, two-spot, etc., 
coming uppermost. Toss a penny in the 
air, and it may come down either ** heads'' 

Causation 175 

or ** tails *'; but make a sufficient number 
of tosses, and the heads and tails will about 
even up. This is the operation of the law 
of average. But both the average and the 
single toss come under the Law of Cause 
and Effect, and if we were able to examine 
into the preceding causes, it would be 
clearly seen that it was simply impossible 
for the die to fall other than it did, under 
the same circumstances and at the same 
time. Given the same causes, the same re- 
sults will follow. There is always a 
''cause** and a ''because** to every event. 
Nothing ever "happens** without a cause, 
or rather a chain of causes. 

Some confusion has arisen in the minds 
of persons considering this Principle, from 
the fact that they were unable to explain 
how one thing could cause another thing — 
that is, be the "creator** of the second 
thing. As a matter of fact, no "thing** 
ever causes or "creates** another "thing.** 
Cause and Effect deals merely with 
"events.** An "event** is "that which 
comes, arrives or happens, as a result or 

176 The Kyhalion 

consequent of some preceding event." No 
event ^'creates'' another event, but is 
merely a preceding link in the great orderly 
chain of events flowing from the creative 
energy of THE ALL. There is a contin- 
uity between all events precedenti conse- 
quent and subsequent. There is a relation 
existing between everything that has gone 
before^ and everything that follows. A 
stone is dislodged from a mountain side 
and crashes through a roof of a cottage in 
the valley below. At first sight we regard 
this as a chance effect, but when we exam- 
ine the matter we find a great chain of 
causes behind it. In the first place there 
was the rain which softened the earth sup- 
porting the stone and which allowed it to 
fall; then back of that was the influence of 
the sun, other rains, etc., which gradually 
disintegrated the piece of rock from a 
larger piece; then there were the causes 
which led to the formation of the mountain, 
and its upheaval by convulsions of nature, 
and so on ad infinitum. Then we might fol- 
low up the causes behind the rain, etc. 

Causation 177 

Then we might consider the existence of 
the roof. In short, we wonid soon find 
ourselves involved in a mesh of cause and 
effecti from which we would soon strive to 
extricate ourselves. 

Just as a man has two parents, and four 
grandparents, and eight great-grandpar- 
ents, and sixteen great-great-grandparents, 
and so on until when, say, forty genera- 
tions are calculated the numbers of ances- 
tors run into many millions — so it is with 
the number of causes behind even the most 
trifling event or phenomena, such as the 
passage of a tiny speck of soot before your 
eye. It is not an easy matter to trace the bit 
of soot back to the early period of the 
world's history when it formed a part of a 
massive tree-trunk, which was afterward 
converted into coal, and so on, until as the 
speck of soot it now passes before your 
vision on its way to other adventures. And 
a mighty chain of events, causes and ef- 
fects, brought it to its present condition, 
and the latter is but one of the chain of 
events which will go to produce other 

178 The Kybalion 

events hundreds of years from now. One 
of the series of events arising from the tiny 
bit of soot was the writing of these lines, 
which caused the typesetter to perform 
certain work; the proofreader to do like- 
wise; and which will arouse certain 
thoughts in your mind, and that of others, 
which in turn will affect others, and so on, 
and on, and on, beyond the ability of man 
to think further — ^and all from the passage 
of a tiny bit of soot, all of which shows 
the relativity and association of things, 
and the further fact that ** there is no 
great; there is no small; in the mind that 

Stop to think a moment. If a certain 
man had not met a certain maid, away back 
in the dim period of the Stone Age — ^you 
who are now reading these lines would not 
now be here. And if, perhaps, the same 
couple had failed to meet, we who now 
write these lines would not now be here. 
And the very act of writing, on our part, 
and the act of reading, on yours, will affect 
not only the respective lives of yourself and 

Causation 179 

ourselves, but will also have a direct, or 
indirect, affect iqK>n many other people 
now living and who will live in the ages to 
come. Every thought we think, every act 
we perform, has its direct and indirect re- 
sults which fit into the great diain of Cause 
and Effect. 

We do not wish to enter into a consider- 
ation of Free-Will, or Determinism, in this 
work, for various reasons. Among the 
many reasons, is the principal one that 
neither side of the controversy is entirely 
right — ^in fact, both sides are partially 
right, according to the Hermetic Teach- 
ings. The Principle of Polarity shows 
that both are but Half -Truths — ^the oppos- 
ing poles of Truth. The Teachings are 
that a man may be both Free and yet bound 
by Necessity, depending upon the meaning 
of the terms, and the height of Truth from 
which the matter is examined. The an- 
cient writers express the matter thus: 
**The further the creation is from the 
Centre, the more it is bound; the nearer 
the Centre it reaches, the nearer Free is 

180 The Kybalion 

The majority of people are more or less 
the slaves of heredity, enviromnent, etc., 
and manifest very little Freedom. They 
are swayed by the opinions, customs and 
thoughts of the outside world, and also by 
their emotions, feelings, moods, etc. They 
manifest no Mastery, worthy of the name. 
They indignantly repudiate this assertion, 
saying, **Why, I certainly am free to act 
and do as I please — ^I do just what I want 
to do,'' but they fail to explain whence 
arise the ^Vant to'' and ^'as I please." 
What makes them ' Vant to" do one thing 
in preference to another ; what makes them 
^'please" to do this, and not do thatf Is 
there no ** because" to their ** pleasing" 
and '^ wanting"? The Master can change 
these ^'pleases" and ''wants" into others 
at the opposite end of the mental pole. He 
is able to ''Will to will," instead of to will 
because some feeling, mood, emotion, or 
environmental suggestion arouses a tend- 
ency or desire within him so to do. 

The majority of people are carried along 
like the falling stone, obedient to environ- 

Causation 181 

ment, outside influences and internal 
moods, desires, etc., not to speak of the 
desires and wills of others stronger than 
themselves, heredity, environment, and 
suggestion, carrying them along without 
resistence on their part, or the exercise of 
the Will. Moved like the pawns on the 
checkerboard of life, they play their parts 
and are laid aside after the game is over. 
But the Masters, knowing the rules of the 
game, rise above the plane of material life, 
and placing themselves in touch with the 
higher powers of their nature, dominate 
their own moods, characters, qualities, and 
polarity, as well as the environment sur- 
rounding them and thus become Movers in 
the game, instead of Pawns — Causes in* 
stead of Effects. The Masters do not 
escape the Causation of the higher planes, 
but fall in with the higher laws, and thus 
master circumstances on the lower plane. 
They thus form a conscious part of the 
Law, instead of being mere blind instru- 
ments. While they Serve on the Higher 
Planes, they Bule on the Material Plane. 

182 The Kybalion 

Bat| on higher and on lower, the Law 
is always in operation. There is no such 
things as Chance. The blind goddess has 
been abolished by Season. We are able to 
see now, with eyes made clear by knowl- 
edge, that everything is governed by Uni- 
versal Law — ^that the infinite number of 
laws are but manifestations of the One 
Great Law— the LAW which is THE ALL. 
It is true indeed that not a sparrow drops 
unnoticed by the Mind of THE ALL— that 
even the hairs on our head are numbered — 
as the scriptures have said. There is noth- 
ing outside of Law; nothing that happens 
contrary to it. And yet, do not make the 
mistake of supposing that Man is but a 
blind automaton — far from that. The Her- 
metic Teachings are that Man may use 
Law to overcome laws, and that the higher 
will always prevail against the lower, until 
at last he has reached the stage in which 
he seeks refuge in the LAW itself, and 
laughs the phenomenal laws to scorn. Are 
you able to grasp the inner meaning of 



"Gender is in everythinff; everything has its Mascu- 
line and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all 
planes." — The Kyhalion, 

The great Seventh Hermetic Principle — 
the Principle of Gender — embodies the 
tmth that there is Gender manifested in 
everything — that the Masculine and Femi- 
nine principles are ever present and active 
in all phases of phenomena, on each and 
every plane of life. At this point we think 
it well to call your attention to the fact 
that Gender, in its Hermetic sense, and Sex 
in the ordinarily accepted use of the term, 
are not the same. 

The word '* Gender'* is derived from the 
Latin root meaning **to beget; to pro- 
create ; to generate ; to create ; to produce.** 


184 The Kyhalion 

A moment's consideration will show yon 
that the word has a much broader and more 
general meaning than the term ''Sex," the 
latter referring to the physical distinctions 
between male and fCTmle living things. Sex 
is merely a manifestation of Gender on a 
certain plane of the Great Physical Plane — 
the plane of organic life. We wish to im- 
press this distinction npon yonr minds^ for 
the reason that certain writers, who have 
acquired a smattering of the Hermetic Phi- 
losophy, have sought to identify this Sev- 
enth Hermetic Principle with wild and fan- 
ciful, and often reprehensible, theories and 
teachings regarding Sex. 

The office of Gender is solely that of cre- 
ating, producing, generating, etc., and its 
manifestations are visible on every plane 
of phenomena. It is somewhat difficult to 
produce proofs of this along scientific lines, 
for the reason that science has not as yet 
recognized this Principle as of universal 
application. But still some proofs are 
forthcoming from scientific sources. In the 
first place, we find a distinct manifestation 

Gender 185 

of the Principle of Gender among the cor- 
puscles, ions, or electrons, which constitute 
the basis of Matter as science now knows 
the latter, and which by forming certain 
combinations form the Atom, which until 
lately was regarded as final and indivisible. 
The latest word of science is that the 
atom is composed of a multitude of corpus- 
cles, electrons, or ions (the various names 
being applied by different authorities) re- 
volving around each other and vibrating 
at a high degree and intensity. But the 
accompanying statement is made that the 
formation of the atom is really due to the 
clustering of negative corpuscles around a 
positive one — ^the positive corpuscles seem- 
ing to exert a certain influence upon the 
negative corpuscles, causing the latter to 
assume certain combinations and thus 
** create*' or ** generate** an atom. This 
is in line with the most ancient Hermetic 
Teachings, which have always identified 
the Masculine principle of Gender with the 
''Positive,** and the Feminine with the 

186 The Kybalion 

*' Negative'* Poles of Electricity (so- 

Now a word at this point regarding this 
identification. The public mind has formed 
an entirely erroneous impression regard- 
ing the qualities of the so-called ''Nega- 
tive'* pole of electrified or magnetized 
Matter. The terms Positive and Negative 
are very wrongly applied to this phenom- 
ennon by science. The word Positive means 
something real and strong, as compared 
with a Negative unreality or weakness. 
Nothing is further from the real facts of 
electrical phenomena. The so-called Nega- 
tive pole of the battery is really the pole in 
and by which the generation or production 
of new forms and energies is manifested. 
There is nothing ''negative" about it. The 
best scientific authorities now use the word 
"Cathode" in place of "Negative," the 
word Cathode coming from the Greek root 
meaning "descent; the path of generation, 
etc." From the Cathode pole emerge the 
swarm of electrons or corpuscles ; from the 
same pole emerge those wonderful "rays" 

Gender 187 

vrhioh have revolutionized scientific concep- 
tions during the past d^ade. The Cathode 
pole is the Mother of all of the strange 
phenomena which have rendered useless the 
old text-books, and which have caused many 
long accepted theories to be relegated to 
the scrap-pile of scientific speculation. The 
Cathode, or Negative Pole, is the Mother 
Principle of Electrical Phenomena, and of 
the finest forms of matter as yet known to 
science. So you see we are justified in 
refusing to use the term *' Negative '* in 
our consideration of the subject, and in 
insisting upon substituting the word 
''Feminine'' for the old term. The facts 
of the case bear us out in this, without tak- 
ing the Hermetic Teachings into consid- 
eration. And so we shall use the word 
''Feminine'' in the place of ^'Negative" in 
speaking of that pole of activity. 

The latest scientific teachings are that 
the creative corpuscles or electrons are 
Feminine (science says ^Hhey are com- 
posed of negative electricity" — ^we say 
they are composed of Feminine energy). 

188 The Kybalion 

A Feminine corpnade becomes detached 
from, or rather leaves, a Masculine corpus- 
cle, and starts on a new career. It actively 
seeks a union with a Masculine corpuscle, 
being urged thereto by the natural impulse 
to create new forms of Matter or Energy. 
One writer goes so far as to use the term 
^4t at once seeks, of its own volition, a 
union," etc. This detachment and uniting 
form the basis of the greater part of the 
activities of the chemical world. When the 
Feminine corpuscle unites with a Mascu- 
line corpuscle, a certain process is begun. 
The Feminine particles vibrate rapidly 
under the influence of the Masculine en- 
ergy, and circle rapidly around the latter. 
The result is the birth of a new atom. 
This new atom is really composed of a 
union of the Masculine and Feminine elec- 
trons, or corpuscles, but when the union is 
formed the atom is a separate thing, hav- 
ing certain properties, but no longer mani- 
festing the property of free electricity. 
The process of detachment or separation 
of the Feminine electrons is called ^4oniza- 

Oender 189 

tioxt^' These electrons, or corpuscles, are 
the most active workers in Nature's field. 
Arising from their unions, or combinations, 
manifest the varied phenomena of light, 
heat, electricity, magnetism, attraction, re- 
pulsion, chemical affinity and the reverse, 
and similar phenomena. And all this arises 
from the operation of the Principle of 
Gender on the plane of Energy. 

The part of the Masculine principle seems 
to be that of directing a certain inherent 
energy toward the Feminine principle, and 
thus starting into activity the creative 
processes. But the Feminine principle is 
the one always doing the active creative 
work— and this is so on all planes. And 
yet, each principle is incapable of opera- 
tive energy without the assistance of the 
other. In some of the forms of life, the 
two principles are combined in one organ- 
ism. For that matter, everything in the 
organic world manifests both genders — 
there is always the Masculine present in 
the Feminine form, and the Feminine form. 
The Hermetic Teachings include much re- 

190 The Kyhalion 

garding the operation of the two principles 
of Gender in the production and manifesta- 
tion of various forms of energy, etc., but 
we do not deem it expedient to go into 
detail regarding the same at this point, 
because we are unable to back up the same 
with scientific proof, for the reason that 
science has not as yet progressed thus far. 
But the example we have given you of the 
phenomena of the electrons or corpuscles 
will show you that science is on the right 
path, and will also give you a general idea 
of the underlying principles. 

Some leading scientific investigators 
have announced their belief that in the 
formation of crystals there was to be found 
something that corresponded to '* sex- 
activity,'* which is another straw showing 
the direction the scientific winds are blow- 
ing. And each year will bring other facts 
to corroborate the correctness of the Her- 
metic Principle of Gender. It will be found 
that Gander is in constant operation and 
manifestation in the field of inorganic mat- 
ter, and in the field of Energy or Force. 
Electricity is now generally regarded as 

Gender 191 

the '^Something'' into which all other 
forms of energy seem to melt or dissolve. 
The ^'Electrical Theory of the Universe'' 
is the latest scientific doctrine, and is grow- 
ing rapidly in popularity and general ac- 
ceptance. And it thus follows that if we 
are able to discover in the phenomena of 
electricity — even at the very root and 
source of its manifestations — a clear and 
unmistakable evidence of the presence of 
Gender and its activities, we are justified 
in asking you to believe that science at last 
has offered proofs of the existence in all 
universal phenomena of that great Her- 
metic Principle — the Principle of Gender. 
It is not necessary to take up your time 
with the well known phenomena of the 
'* attraction ahd repulsion*' of the atoms; 
chemical affinity; the 'Moves and hates" 
of the atomic particles; the attraction or 
cohesion between the molecules of matter. 
These facts are too well known to need 
extended comment from us. But, have you 
ever considered that all of these things are 
manifestations of the Gender Principle? 

1^2 The Kyhalion 

Can you not see that the phenomena is 
^^on all fours" with that of the corpuscles 
or electrons f And more than this, can you 
not see the reasonableness of the Hermetic 
Teachings which assert that the very Law 
of Gravitation — that strange attraction by 
reason of which all particles and bodies of 
matter in the universe tend toward each 
other — is but another manifestation of the 
Principle of Gender, which operates in the 
direction of attracting the Masculine to the 
Feminine energies, and vice versa? We 
cannot offer you scientific proof of this at 
this time — ^but examine the phenomena in 
the light of the Hermetic Teachings on the 
subject, and see if you have not a better 
working hypothesis than any offered by 
physical science. Submit all physical phe- 
nomena to the test, and you t^I discern 
the Principle of Gender ever in evidence. 

Let us now pass on to a consideration of 
the operation of the Principle on the Men- 
tal Plane. Many interesting features are 
there awaiting examination. 


Mbktal Gbkdeb. 

Students of psychology who have fol- 
lowed the modem trend of thought along 
the lines of mental phenomena are struck 
by the persistence of the dual-mind idea 
which has manifested itself so strongly 
during the past ten or fifteen years, and 
which has given rise to a ntunber of plaus- 
ible theories regarding the nature and con- 
stitution of these **two minds/' The late 
Thomson J. Hudson attained great popu- 
larity in 1893 by advancing his well-known 
theory of the ** objective and subjective 
minds'* which he held existed in every in- 
dividual. Other writers have attracted al- 
most equal attention by the theories re- 
garding the '^ conscious and sub-conscious 
mends''; the "voluntary and involuntary 


194 The Kyhalion 

minds''; **the active and passive minds/' 
etc., etc. The theories of the various 
writers differ from each other, but there 
remains the underlying principle of 'Hhe 
duality of mind." 

The student of the Hermetic Philosophy 
is tempted to smile when he reads and hears 
of these many **new theories" regarding 
the duality of mind, each school adhering 
tenaciously to its own pet theories, and 
each claiming to have ** discovered the 
truth." The student turns back the pages 
of occult history, and away back in the dim 
beginnings of occult teachings he finds ref- 
erences to the ancient Hermetic doctrine 
of the Principle of Gender on the Mental 
Plane — the manifestation of Mental Gen- 
der. And examining further he finds that 
the ancient philosophy took cognizance of 
the phenomenon of the **dual mind," and 
accounted for it by the theory of Mental 
Gender. This idea of Mental Gender may 
be explained in a few words to students 
who are familiar with the modern theories 
just alluded to. The Masculine Principle 

Mental Gender 195 

of Mind corresponds to the so-called Ob- 
jective Mind; Conscious Mind; Voluntary 
Mind; Active Mind, etc. And the Femi- 
nine Principle of Mind corresponds to the 
so-called Subjective Mind; Sub-conscious 
Mind; Involuntary Mind; Passive Mind, 
etc. Of course the Hermetic Teachings do 
not agree with the many modem theories 
regarding the nature of the two phases of 
mind, nor does it admit many of the facts 
claimed for the two respective aspects — 
some of the said theories and claims being 
very far-fetched and incapable of standing 
the test of experiment and demonstration. 
We point to the phases of agreement 
merely for the purpose of helping the stu- 
dent to assimilate his previously acquired 
knowledge with the teachings of the Her- 
metic Philosophy. Students of Hudson will 
notice the statement at the beginning of his 
second chapter of **The Law of Psychic 
Phenomena,'* that: **The mystic jargon 
of the Hermetic philosophers discloses the 
same general idea*' — ^i. e., the duality of 
mind. If Dr. Hudson had taken the time 

196 The Kyhalion 

and trouble to decipher a little of ^Hhe 
mystic jargon of the Hermetic Philoso- 
phy,'' he might have received much light 
upon the subject of **the dual mind" — ^but 
then, perhaps, his most interesting work 
might not have been written. Let us now 
consider the Hermetic Teachings regard- 
ing Mental Gender. 

The Hermetic Teachers impart their in- 
struction regarding this subject by bidding 
their students examine the report of their 
consciousness regarding their Self. The 
students are bidden to turn their attention 
inward upon the Self dwelling within each. 
Each student is led to see that his con- 
sciousness gives him first a report of the 
existence of his Self — ^the report is **I 
Am.'' This at first seems to be the final 
words from the consciousness, but a little 
further examination discloses the fact that 
this ''I Am" may be separated or split 
into two distinct parts, or aspects, which 
while working in unison and in conjunction, 
yet, nevertheless, may be separated in con- 

Mental Gender 197 

While at first there seems to be only an 
**I'* existing, a more careful and closer 
examination reveals the fact that there ex- 
ists an **!'* and a **Me/' These mental 
twins differ in their characteristics and 
nature, and an examination of their nature 
and the phenomena arising from the same 
will throw much light upon many of the 
problems of mental influence. 

Let us begin with a consideration of the 
''Me," which is usually mistaken for the 
**I'' by the student, until he presses the 
inquiry a little further back into the re- 
cesses of consciousness. A man thinks of 
his Self (in its aspect of **Me'') as being 
composed of certain feelings, tastes, likes, 
dislikes, habits, peculiar ties, characterist- 
ics, etc., all of which go to make up his per- 
sonality, or the ''Self known to himself 
and others. He knows that these emotions 
and feelings change; are bom and die 
away; are subject to the Principle of 
Ehythm, and the Principle of Polarity, 
which take him from one extreme of feeling 
to another. He also thinks of the '*M-*'' 

198 The Kyhdlion 

as being certain knowledge gathered to- 
gether in his mind, and thus forming a part 
of himself. This is the ^ ^ Me " of a man. 

But we have proceeded too hastily. The 
'<Me" of many men may be said to consist 
largely of their consciousness of the body 
and their physical appetites, etc. Their 
consciousness being largely bound up with 
their bodily nature, they practically **live 
there.'' Some men even go so far as to 
regard their personal apparel as a part of 
their **Me," and actually seem to consider 
it a part of themselves. A writer has hu- 
morously said that ^'men consist of three 
parts — soul, body and clothes." These 
'^ clothes conscious" people would lose 
their personality if divested of their cloth- 
ing by savages upon the occasion of a ship- 
wreck. But even many who are not so 
closely bound up with the idea of personal 
raiment stick closely to the consciousness 
of their bodies being their '*Me." They 
caimot conceive of a Self independent of 
the body. Their mind seems to them to be 
practically **a something belonging to" 


Mental Gender 199 

their body — ^which in many cases it is in- 

But as man rises in the scale of con- 
sciousness he is able to disentangle his 

Me" from his idea of body, and is able 
to think of his body as ''belonging to" the 
mental part of him. But even then he is 
very apt to identify the **Me" entirely 
with the mental states, feelings, etc., which 
he feels to exist within him. He is very apt 
to consider these internal states as iden- 
tical with himself, instead of their being 
simply ** things" produced by some part of 
his mentality, and existing within him — 
of him, and in him, but still not ''himself." 
He sees that he may change these internal 
states of feelings by an effort of will, and 
that he may produce a feeling or state of 
an exactly opposite nature, in the same 
way, and yet the same "Me" exists. And 
so after a while he is able to set aside 
these various mental states, emotions, 
feelings, habits, qualities, characteristics, 
and other personal mental belongings — ^he 
is able to set them aside in the "not-me" 

200 The Kybalion 

collection of curiosities and encumbrances, 
as well as valuable possessions. This re- 
quires much mental concentration and 
power of mental analysis on the part of 
the student. But still the task is possible 
for the advanced student, and even those 
not so far advanced are able to see, in the 
imagination, how the process may be per- 

After this laying-aside process has been 
performed, the student will find himself in 
conscious possession of a ^^Self'' which 
may be considered in its **I'' and **Me'' 
dual aspects. The **Me" will be felt to be 
a Something mental in which thoughts, 
ideas, emotions, feelings, and other mental 
states may be produced. It may be consid- 
ered as the ^^ mental womb," as the an- 
cients styled it— <^apable of generating men- 
tal offspring. It reports to the conscious- 
ness as a ^ 'Me" with latent powers of crea- 
tion and generation of mental progeny of 
all sorts and kinds. Its powers of creative 
energy are felt to be enormous. But still 
it seems to be conscious that it must re- 

Mental Oender 201 

ceive some form of energy from either its 
^'I'* companion, or else from some other 
'^I,'* ere it is able to bring into being its 
mental creations. This consciousness brings 
with it a realization of an enormous ca- 
pacity for mental work and creative ability. 
But the student soon finds that this is 
not all that he finds within his inner con- 
sciousness. He finds that there exists a 
mental Something which is able to Will 
that the **Me'' act along certain creative 
lines, and which is also able to stand aside 
and witness the mental creation. This part 
of himself he is taught to call his ^ ^ I. " He 
is able to rest in its consciousness at will. 
He finds there not a consciousness of an 
ability to generate and actively create, in 
the sense of the gradual process attendant 
upon mental operations, but rather a sense 
and consciousness of an ability to project 
an energy from the **I'' to the **Me''— a 
process of ** willing '* that the mental crea- 
tion begin and proceed. He also finds that 
the ** I' Ms able to stand aside and witness 
the operations of the **Me's'' mental crea- 

2U2 The KyhalioH 

tion and generatioiL There is this dual 
aspect in the mind of every person. The 
''I" represoits the Masculine Principle of 
Mental Gender — ^the ''Me'' represents the 
Female Principle. The " I ' ' represents the 
Aspect of Being; the ''Me'' the Aspect of 
Becoming. You will notice that the Prin 
ciple of Correspondence operates on this 
plane just as it does upon the great plane 
upon which the creation of Universes is 
performed. The two are similar in kind, 
although vastly different in degree. "As 
above, so below; as below, so above." 

These aspects of mind — ^the Masculine 
and Feminine Principles — the "I" and the 
"Me" — considered in connection with the 
well-known mental and psychic phenomena, 
give the master-key to these dimly known 
regions of mental operation and manifesta- 
tion. The principle of Mental (Jender gives 
the truth underlying the whole field of the 
phenomena of mental influence, etc. 

The tendency of the Feminine Principle 
is always in the direction of receiving im- 
pressions, while the tendency of the Mas- 

Mental Gender 203 

culine Principle is always in the direction 
of giving out, or expressing. The Femi- 
nine Principle has a much more varied field 
of operation than has the Masculine Prin- 
ciple. The Feminine Principle conducts 
the work of generating new thoughts, con- 
cepts, ideas, including the work of the im- 
agination. The Masculine Principle con- 
tents itself with the work of the **Will,'^ 
in its varied phases. And yet without the 
active aid of the Will of the Masculine 
Principle, the Feminine Principle is apt to 
rest content with generating mental images 
which are the result of impressions re- 
ceived from outside, instead of producing 
original mental creations. 

Persons who can give continued attention 
and thought to a subject actively employ 
both of the Mental Principles — ^the Femi- 
nine in the work of active mental genera- 
tion, and the Masculine Will in stimulating 
and energizing the creative portion of the 
mind. The majority of persons really em- 
ploy the Masculine Principle but little, and 
are content to live according to the 

204 The Kyhalion 

thoughts and ideas instilled into the ^^Me" 
from the **I'' of other minds. But it is 
not our purpose to dwell upon this phase 
of the subject, which may be studied from 
any good text-book upon psychology, with 
the key that we have given you regarding 
Mental (lender. 

The student of Psychic Phenomena is 
aware of the wonderful phenomena classi- 
fied under the head of Telepathy; Thought 
Transference; Mental Influence; Sugges- 
tion; Hypnotism, etc. Many have sought 
for an explanation of these varied phases 
of phenomena under the theories of the 
various ''dual mind" teachers. And in a 
measure they are right, for there is clearly 
a manifestation of two distinct phases of 
mental activity. But if such students will 
consider these *'dual minds" in the light 
of the Hermetic Teachings regarding Vi- 
brations and Mental (lender, they will see 
that the long sought for key is at hand. 

In the phenomena of Telepathy it is seen 
liow the Vibratory Energy of the Masculine 
Principle is projected toward the Feminine 

Mental Gender 205 

Principle of another person, and the latter 
takes the seed-thought and allows it to de- 
velop into ntiaturity. In the same way Sug- 
gestion and Hypnotism operates. The 
Masculine Principle of the person giving 
the suggestions directs a sliiiam of Vibra- 
tory Energy or Will-Power toward the 
Feminine Principle of the other person, 
and the latter accepting it makes it its own 
and acts and thinks accordingly. An idea 
thus lodged in the mind of another person 
grows and develops, and in time is re- 
garded as the rightful mental offspring of 
the individual, whereas it is in reality like 
the cuckoo egg placed in the sparrow's nest, 
where it destroys the rightful offspring and 
makes itself at home. The normal method 
is for the Masculine and Feminine Princi- 
ples in a person's mind to co-ordinate and 
act harmoniously in conjunction with each 
other. But, unfortunately, the Masculine 
Principle in the average person is too lazy 
to act — ^the display of Will-Power is too 
slight — and the consequence is that such 
persons are ruled almost entirely by the 

206 The Kyhalion 

minds and wills of other persons, whom 
they allow to do their thinking and willing 
for them. How few original thoughts or 
original actions are performed by the aver- 
age person? Are not the majority of per- 
sons mere shadows and echoes of others 
having stronger wills or minds than them- 
selves? The trouble is that the average 
person dwells almost altogether in his 
^^Me" consciousness, and does not realize 
that he has such a thing as an ^^L" He is 
polarized in his Feminine Principle of 
Mind, and the Masculine Principle, in 
which is lodged the Will, is allowed to re- 
main inactive and not employed. 

The strong men and women of the world 
invariably manifest the Masculine Princi- 
ple of Will, and their strength depends 
materially upon this fact. Instead of liv- 
ing upon the impressions made upon their 
minds by others, they dominate their own 
minds by their Will, obtaining the kind of 
mental images desired, and moreover dom- 
inate the minds of others likewise, in the 
same manner. Look at the strong people, 

Mental Gender 207 

how they manage to implant their seed- 
thoughts in the minds of the masses of the 
people, thus causing the latter to think 
thoughts in accordance with the desires 
and wills of the strong individuals. This is 
why the masses of people are such sheep- 
like creatures, never originating an idea of 
their own, nor using their own powers of 
mental activity. 

The manifestation of Mental Gender may 
be noticed all around us in everyday life. 
The magnetic persons are those who are 
able to use the Masculine Principle in the 
way of impressing their ideas upon others. 
The actor who makes people weep or cry 
as he wills, is employing this principle. 
And so is the successful orator, statesman, 
preacher, writer or other people who are 
before the public attention. The peculiar 
influence exerted by some people over oth- 
ers is due to the manifestation of Mental 
Gender, along the Vibratorial lines above 
indicated. In this principle lies the secret 
of personal magnetism, personal influence, 
fascination, etc., as well as the phenomena 

m The Kybalian 

generally grouped mider the name of Hyp- 

The student who has f amiliariied him- 
self with the phenomena generally spoken 
of as ^^psychic" will have discovered the 
important part played in the said phenom- 
ena by that force whidi science has styled 
^^ Suggestion," by which term is meant the 
process or method whereby an idea is 
transferred to, or ^^ impressed upon" the 
mind of another, causing the second mind 
to act in accordance therewith. A correct 
understanding of Suggestion is necessary 
in order to intelligently comprehend the 
varied psychical phenomena which Sugges- 
tion underlies. But, still more is a knowl- 
edge of Vibration and Mental (Jender nec- 
essary for the student of Suggestion. For 
the whole principle of Suggestion depends 
upon the principle of Mental Gender and 

It is customary for the writers and 
teachers of Suggestion to explain that it is 
the ''objective or voluntary" mind which 
make the mental impression, or suggestion, 

Mental Gender 209 

upon the ** subjective or involuntary" 
mind. But they do not describe the process 
or give us any analogy in nature whereby 
we may more readily comprehend the idea. 
But if you will think of the matter in the 
light of the Hermetic Teachings, you will 
be able to see that the energizing of the 
Feminine Principle by the Vibratory En- 
ergy of the Masculine Principle is in ac- 
cordance to the imiversal laws of nature, 
and that the natural world affords count- 
less analogies whereby the principle may 
be understood. In fact, the Hermetic 
Teachings show that the very creation of 
the Universe follows the same law, and 
that in all creative manifestations, upon 
the planes of the spiritual, the mental, and 
the physical, there is always in operation 
this principle of Gender— this manifesta- 
tion of the Masculine and the Feminine 
Principles. **As above, so below; as be- 
low, so above." And more than this, when 
the principle of Mental Gender is once 
grasped and understood, the varied phe- 
nomena of psychology at once becomes 

210 The Kybalion 

capable of intelligent classification and 
study, instead of being very much in the 
dark The principle "works out'* in prac- 
tice, because it is based upon the immuta- 
ble universal laws of life. 

We shall not enter into an extended dis- 
cussion of, or description of, the varied 
phenomena of mental influence or psychic 
activity. There are many books, many of 
them quite good, which have been written 
and published on this subject of late years. 
The main facts stated in these various 
books are correct, although the several 
writers have attempted to explain the phe- 
nomena by various pet theories of their 
own. The student may acquaint himself 
with these matters, and by using the theory 
of Mental Gender he will be able to bring 
order out of the chaos of conflicting theory 
and teachings, and may, moreover, readily 
make himself a master of the subject if he 
be so inclined. The purpose of this work 
is not to give an extended account of psy- 
chic phenomena, but rather to give to the 
student a master-key whereby he may un- 

Mental Gender 211 

lock the many doors leading into the parts 
of the Temple of Knowledge which he may 
wish to explore. We feel that in this con- 
sideration of the teachings of The Kybal- 
ion, one may find an explanation which will 
serve to clear away many perplexing diffi- 
culties — a key that will unlock many doors. 
What is the use of going into detail re- 
garding all of the many features of psychic 
phenomena and mental science, provided 
we place in the hands of the student the 
means whereby he may acquaint himself 
fully regarding any phase of the subject 
which may interest him. With the aid of 
The Kybalion one may go through any 
occult library anew, the old Light from 
Egypt illuminating many dark pages, and 
obscure subjects. That is the purpose of 
this book. We do not come expounding a 
new philosophy, but rather furnishing the 
outlines of a great world-old teaching 
which will make clear the teachings of 
others — ^which will serve as a Great Recon- 
ciler of differing theories, and opposing 



''The possession of Ejiowledge, unless 
accompanied by a manifestation and ex- 
pression in Action, is like the hoarding of 
precious metals — a vain and foolish thing. 
Knowledge, like Wealth, is intended for 
Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and 
he who violates it suffers by reason of his 
conflict with natural forces.'' — The Kyba- 

The Hermetic Teachings, while always 
having been kept securely locked up in the 
minds of the fortunate possessors thereof, 
for reasons which we have already stated, 
were never intended to be merely stored 
away and secreted. The Law of Use is 
dwelt upon in the Teachings, as you may 
see by reference to the above quotation 


214 The Kybcdion 

from The Eybalion, which states it forci- 
bly. Knowledge without Use and Expres- 
sion is a vain thing, bringing no good to 
its possessor, or to the race. Beware of 
Mental Miserliness, and express into Ac- 
tion that which you have learned* Study 
the Axioms and Aphorisms, but practice 
them also. 

We give below some of the more impor- 
tant Hermetic Axioms, from The Kybalion, 
with a few comments added to each. Make 
these your own, and practice and use them, 
for they are not really your own until you 
have Used them. 

* * To change your mood or mental state — 
change your vibration.'* — The Kybalion. 

One may change his mental vibrations 
by an effort of Will, in the direction of 
deliberately fixing the Attention upon a 
more desirable state. Will directs the At- 
tention, and Attention changes the Vibra- 
tion. Cultivate the Art of Attention, by 
means of the Will, and you have solved 
the secret of the Mastery of Moods and 
Mental States. 

Hermetic Axioms 215 

''To destroy an undesirable rate of 
mental vibration, pnt into operation the 
Principle of Polarity and concentrate npon 
the opposite pole to that which you desire 
to suppress. Kill out the undesirable by 
changing its polarity/' — The Kybalion. 

This is one of the most important of the 
Hermetic Formulas. It is based upon true 
scientific principles. We have shown you 
that a mental state and its opposite were 
merely the two poles of one thing, and 
that by Mental Transmutation the polarity 
might be reversed. This principle is known 
to modem psychologists, who apply it to 
the breaking up of undesirable habits by 
bidding their students concentrate upon the 
opposite quality. If you are possessed of 
Fear, do not waste time trying to ^'kUl 
ouf Fear, but instead cultivate the qual- 
ity of Courage, and the Fear will disap- 
pear. Some writers have expressed this 
idea most forcibly by using the illustration 
of the dark room. You do not have to 
shovel out or sweep out the Darkness, but 
by merely opening the shutters and 1 

216 The Kyhalion 

ting in the Light the Darkness has disap- 
peared. To kill out a Negative quality, 
concentrate upon the Positive Pole of that 
same quality, and the vibrations will grad- 
ually change from Negative to Positive, 
until finally you will become polarized on 
the Positive pole instead of the Negative. 
The reverse is also true, as many have 
found out to their sorrow, when they have 
allowed themselves to vibrate too con- 
stantly on the Negative pole of things. By 
changing your polarity you may master 
your moods, change your mental states, re- 
make your disposition, and build up char- 
acter. Much of the Mental Mastery of the 
advanced Hermetics is due to this applica- 
tion of Polarity, which is one of the impor- 
tant aspects of Mental Transmutation. 
Eemember the Hermetic Axiom (quoted 
previously), which says: 

**Mind (as well as metals and elements) 
may be transmuted from state to state; 
degree to degree; condition to condition; 
pole to pole; vibration to vibration.'* — 
The Kyhalion. 

Hermetic Axioms 217 

The mastery of Polarization is the mas- 
tery of the fundamental principles of Men- 
tal Transmutation or Mental Alchemy, for 
unless one acquires the art of changing his 
own polarity, he will be unable to affect 
his environment. An understanding of 
this principle will enable one to change his 
own Polarity, as well as that of others, if 
he will but devote the time, care, study 
and practice necessary to master the art. 
The principle is true, but the results ob- 
tained depend upon the persistent patience 
and practice of the student. 

^'Bhythm may be neutralized by an ap- 
plication of the Art of Polarization.*'— 
The Kyhalion. 

As we have explained in previous chap- 
ters, the Hermetists hold that the Principle 
of Bhythm manifests on the Mental Plane 
as well as on the Physical Plane, and that 
the bewildering succession of moods, feel- 
ings, emotions, and other mental states, are 
due to the backward and forward swing 
of the mental pendulum, which carries us 
from one extreme of feeling to the other. 

218 The Kyhalion 

The Hermetists also teach that the Law of 
Neutralization enables one, to a great ex- 
tent, to overcome the operation of Ehythm 
in consciousness. As we have explained, 
there is a Higher Plane of Consciousness, 
as well as the ordinary Lower Plane, and 
the Master by rising mentally to the Higher 
Plane causes the swing of the mental pend- 
ulum to manifest on the Lower Plane, and 
he, dwelling on his Higher Plane, escapes 
the consciousness of the swing backward. 
This is effected by polarizing on the Higher 
Self, and thus raising the mental vibra- 
tions of the Ego above those of the ordi- 
nary plane of consciousness. It is akin to 
rising above a thing, and allowing it to 
pass beneath you. The advanced Hermet- 
ist polarizes himself at the Positive Pole 
of his Being — ^the **I Am*' pole rather 
than the pole of personality, and by ** re- 
fusing'' and ** denying" the operation of 
Ehythm, raises himself above its plane of 
consciousness, and standing firm in his 
Statement of Being he allows the pendulum 
to swing back on the Lower Plane without 

Hermetic Axioms 219 

changing his Polarity. This is accom- 
plished by all individuals who have at- 
tained any degree of self-mastery, whether 
they understand the law or not. Such 
persons simply ** refuse '* to allow them- 
selves to be swung back by the pendulum 
of mood and emotion, and by steadfastly 
affirming the superiority, they remain pol- 
arized on the Positive pole. The Master, 
of course, attains a far greater degree of 
proficiency, because he understands the 
law which he is overcoming by a higher 
law, and by the use of his Will he attains 
a degree of Poise and Mental Steadfast- 
ness almost impossible of belief on the 
part of those who allow themselves to be 
swung backward and forward by the men- 
tal pendulum of moods and feelings. 

Bemember, always, however, that you 
do not really destroy the Principle of 
Bhythm, for that is indestructible. You 
simply overcome one law by counter-bal- 
ancing it with another, and thus maintain 
an equilibrium. The laws of balance and 
counter-balance are in operation on the 

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mental as well as on the physical planes, 
and an understanding of these laws en- 
ables one to seem to overthrow laws, 
whereas he is merely exerting a counter- 

'^ Nothing escapes the Principle of Cause 
and Effect, but there are many Planes of 
Causation, and one may use the laws of 
the higher to overcome the laws of the 
lower/' — The Kyhalion. 

By an understanding of the practice of 
Polarization, the Hermetists rise to a 
higher plane of Causation and thus coun- 
ter-balance the laws of the lower planes of 
Causation. By rising above the plane of 
ordinary Causes they become themselves, 
in a degree, Causes instead of being merely 
Caused. By being able to master their 
own moods and feelings, and by being able 
to neutralize Ehythm, as we have already 
explained, they are able to escape a great 
part of the operations of Cause and Effect 
on the ordinary plane. The masses of peo- 
ple are carried along, obedient to their en- 
vironment; the wills and desires of others 

Hermetic Axioms 221 

stronger than themselves; the effects of 
inherited tendencies; the suggestions of 
those abont them; and other outward 
causes ; which tend to move them about on 
the chess-board of life like mere pawns. 
By rising above these influencing causes, 
the advanced Hermetists seek a higher 
plane of mental action, and by dominating 
their moods, emotions, impulses and feel- 
ings, they create for themselves new char- 
acters, qualities and powers, by which 
they overcome their ordinary environment, 
and thus become practically players in- 
stead of mere Pawns. Such people help 
to play the game of life understandingly, 
instead of being moved about this way 
and that way by stronger influences and 
powers and wills. They use the Principle 
of Cause and Effect, instead of being used 
by it. Of course, even the highest are sub- 
ject to the Principle as it manifests on the 
higher planes, but on the lower planes of 
activity, they are Masters instead of 
Slaves. As The Kybalion says: 
**The wise ones serve on the higher, but 

222 The Kyhalion 

rule on the lower. They obey the laws 
coining from above them, bnt on their own 
plane, and those below them, they rule and 
give orders. And, yet, in so doing, they 
form a part of the Principle, instead of 
opposing it. The wise man falls in with 
the Law, and by understanding its move- 
ments he operates it instead of being its 
blind slave. Just as does the skilled swim- 
mer turn this way and that way, going 
and coming as he will, instead of being as 
the log which is carried here and there — 
so is the wise man as compared to the or- 
dinary man — and yet both swimmer and 
log; wise man and fool, are subject to 
Law. He who understands this is well on 
the road to Mastery.'' — The Kyhalion. 

In conclusion let us again call your at- 
tention to the Hermetic Axiom: 

**True Hermetic Transmutation is a 
Mental Art." — The Kyhalion. 

In the above axiom, the Hermetists teach 
that the great work of influencing one's en- 
vironment is accomplished by Mental 
Power. The Universe being wholly mental, 

Hermetic Axioms 223 

it follows that it may be ruled only by 
Mentality. And in this truth is to be 
found an explanation of all the phenomena 
and manifestations of the various mental 
powers which are attracting so much at- 
tention and study in these earlier years 
of the Twentieth Century. Back of and 
under the teachings of the various cults 
and schools, remains ever constant the 
principle of the Mental Substance of the 
Universe. If the Universe be Mental in 
its substantial nature, then it follows that 
Mental Transmutation must change the 
conditions and phenomena of the Universe. 
If the Universe is Mental, then Mind must 
be the highest power affecting its phenom- 
ena. If this be understood then all the 
so-called ** miracles" and ** wonder-work- 
ings" are seen plainly for what they are. 
**THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is 
Mental." — The Kyhalion. 




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